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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

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District is set to kick off its 2019/20 live harness racing season this evening at 6:55 p.m with an 11-race program. The opening night festivities will include $1 programs and food specials along with prize giveaways throughout the night compliments of Ontario Racing. The 'Wanna Drive' team will also be on hand and will offer fans the chance to sit behind an actual racehorse in a custom made double-seater jog cart. Race fans will also notice some major changes to the television broadcast. The entire production has been upgraded to High Definition and will feature a fresh new look incorporated into the graphics package. HD Live streaming is also available to customers at WesternFairDistrict.com/Raceway. The popular wagering menu will once again feature a trio of guaranteed wagers. The Pick-3 will feature a $2,500 guarantee with a new 60-cent minimum, while a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools and a pair of Super Hi-5 wagers will be offered - all of the aforementioned wagers will feature a 15 per cent takeout. The Super Hi-5 races will be contested at the distance of one and one-sixteenth miles. Customers can also experience the newly renovated Top of the Fair restaurant. To celebrate, The Raceway is offering a 'Two Can Dine For $59.99' promotion during the entire month of October. To make reservations at the Top of the Fair, email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com or call 519-438-7203 (Ext. 252). For complete details, visit westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

London, ON - September 25, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is now less than two weeks away from kicking off its 2019/20 live harness racing season and one of those anxiously awaiting its return is defending driving champion Scott Coulter. The Brantford resident has long been one of the most recognizable figures on Ontario's ''Signature' Track circuit and has amassed impressive career totals that include 5,000-plus wins and more than $34 million in purse earnings. In 2018, Coulter captured his first driving title at The Raceway and he is anxious to get back at it when racing resumes at the London oval on Friday, October 4th. "I've had a great summer and looking forward to the fall," Coulter said. "I wasn't as hard on myself or the roads as I didn't take many trips to Georgian Downs. I took a different approach with less work and more family time. That being said I'm fresh for the fall and ready to go." Coulter attributes much of the success he has had in London in recent years to the terrific support he received from owners and trainers. "I've had a lot of luck racing at London over the years," said the veteran driver. "I have a lot of great clients and horsepower always helps. I'm looking forward to having more success." Coulter says he quickly noticed the High Definition upgrade which was collectively implemented at racetracks across Ontario this season - upgrades that were made possible through the OR/OLG capital funding platform. "I can't think of any sport that warrants HD more than harness racing," Coulter said. "I've seen the positive effects thus far at Grand River, Flamboro and Georgian Downs. It's a great initiative and I think all the horse people thoroughly enjoy the new technology." The Raceway will kick off live racing beginning on Friday (Oct. 1). The weekly fall schedule features racing every Monday and Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 6:55 p.m. The popular wagering menu will once again feature a trio of guaranteed wagers. The Pick-3 will feature a $2,500 guarantee with a new $.60 cent minimum, while a pair of $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pools and a pair of Super Hi-5 wagers will be offered - all 15 percent takeout wagers. The Super Hi-5 races will be contested at the distance of one and one-sixteenth miles. Customers can also experience the newly renovated Top Of The Fair restaurant. To celebrate, The Raceway is offering a 'Two Can Dine For $59.99' promotion during the entire month of October." To make reservations at the Top Of The Fair, email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com or call 519-438-7203 (Ext. 252). For complete details, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Blanchard, for The Raceway  

MILTON, ON - September 23, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople of the upcoming October 1 deadline for nominations to this year's Ontario Sired Harvest and Autumn Series.   The Harvest Series consists of eight events, one for each two and three-year-old division, and will be raced at Mohawk Park. The Autumn Series features four events for two and three-year-olds and is split between Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District.   The Harvest Series is open to Ontario sired two and three-year-olds, who are non-winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. Each event features two $17,000 guaranteed preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The two-year-old events start the week of Monday, October 14, while the three-year-olds start the week of Monday, October 28. The nomination fee is $300.   The Autumn Series is open to Ontario sired two and three-year-olds, who are non-winners of $10,000 lifetime as of midnight September 30. Each event will have two $8,500 guaranteed preliminary legs and a $20,000 added money final. The series begins November 9. The nomination fee is $200.   Horsepeople can download the nomination forms and full conditions by visiting www.woodbine.com/mohawk/horsepeople. The forms are available under 'Stake Nominations' and nominations can be paid under 'Payments'.   Nominations close Tuesday, October 1.   If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than October 1, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

London, September 5, 2019 -- London's annual Western Fair - the third largest fair in Canada - gets ready to kick off this Friday which means the return of live harness racing is also close at hand. The Fall meet at The Raceway begins on Friday, October 4thfollowing a four-month summer hiatus and fans will notice some exciting changes when racing resumes. The Top Of The Fair dining room has undergone an extensive renovation during the off season. Brand new flooring, furniture and fixtures will create an enhanced experience for guests who can also take advantage of the 'Two Can Dine For $59.99' promotion during the month of October." "We are looking forward to another great season of racing and entertainment at The Raceway," said new Director of Racing Rob Lumsden. "October has become a really busy month for us and we're pleased to offer this excellent promotion at the newly renovated Top Of The Fair. When you combine this deal with exciting live horse racing you have one of the most unique and affordable dining experiences in the city." The opening night festivities will include $1 programs and food specials along with prize giveaways throughout the night compliments of Ontario Racing. The 'Wanna Drive' team will also be on hand offering fans the chance to sit behind an actual race horse in a custom-made double seater jog cart. Race fans will also notice some major changes to the television broadcast. The entire production has been upgraded to High Definition with a fresh new look incorporated into the graphics package. These off-season changes are all in an effort to enhance the experience for customers both on and off track. "Upgrading our signal to High Definition keeps us current in the marketplace," said Raceway Manager Greg Gangle. "It helps keep our product at a high level and that translates into wagering and customer experience. This is something that we are very proud to share with our customer base beginning in October." Some of the other major events during the month of October at The Raceway include the 3rd edition of the Veteran's Classic on Friday, October 18th, celebrating and honouring our military, as well as the 14th annual Harness The Hope Night on Friday, October 25th, in support of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Pub Nights return every Monday night at the Top Of The Fair, featuring a unique Pub Style menu. The second Tuesday of each month is 'Top Of The Fair Tuesday' featuring a wonderful buffet-style dinner and gaming package for just $26.99. Reservations at the Top Of The Fair can be made by calling (519)-438-7203 (ext. 252) or by emailing topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. For complete details, visit westernfairdistrict.com. From the Western Fair District      

London, June 6, 2019 - The Raceway at Western Fair District recently wrapped up its 2018-19 live racing season and with that some personnel changes have been announced. Director of Racing, Greg Blanchard, will be taking on a new role with the Western Fair Association as Director of Marketing and Communications. Greg Gangle now takes on the role of Raceway Manager under new Director of Racing and Grandstand Operations, Rob Lumsden. Gangle has been with The Raceway for three seasons, serving as Assistant Racing Manager during that time. Prior to that, he had spent seven years at the Woodbine Entertainment Group in both the media communications department and as part of the broadcast team. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity. Working with Greg Blanchard and our team over the past few years has helped grow my skill set and develop into this role. I'm thankful to the entire organization for the opportunity and will embrace the challenge ahead," said Gangle. Lumsden has been with the Western Fair Association for 17 years in various roles including Director of Operations, Director of Shows and Events, and Sports Centre Facility Manager. "I am excited to take on this new challenge and am looking forward to working with Greg and the team as well as our local horse people," said Lumsden. "The Raceway has a long tradition and is a very important part of the provincial racing industry and to our association. We're committed to maintaining that." Blanchard will continue to assist the Raceway team in dealing with industry associations and on strategic initiatives. "I am looking forward to the challenge of a new role with the Association," he said. "This provides a great opportunity for Greg and I know that between himself and Rob the Raceway will be in excellent hands from both an operational and facilities standpoint. We are excited about the future of not only The Raceway but the Western Fair District as a whole." A couple of large projects are already underway at The Raceway including a complete upgrade of the broadcast department to HD as well as a major facelift at the Top Of The Fair restaurant. Fans will notice the changes when racing resumes at the London oval on Friday, October 4th.   Greg Blanchard

London, June 3, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District ended the season on a high note this past Friday night with a large and boisterous crowd on hand for the second edition of the Camluck Classic Invitational Pace. The Wall and harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno posted an upset win in the $157,000 event on a program which also featured four City of London Series finals and seven OSS Grassroots divisions for three-year-old filly pacers. The program, which had been held on a Saturday night last year, was moved back to its traditional Friday night time slot this season and customers responded in a big way. The total handle for the 12-race card was up 32% over last year while on-track wagering increased a by a healthy 31% over the 2018 edition despite two scratches which reduced the main event to a field of six. "You could feel the buzz on track," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "Switching back to our traditional time slot was certainly the right decision and I got the sense all night that customers were really having a good time. The racing was excellent - very competitive - and having top notch local entertainment really added to the evening as well." A number of valued sponsors helped make the night possible, including title sponsor Seelster Farms - the home of late, great Camluck for more than 20 years. The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) sponsored the Facebook Live broadcast as well as complimentary pizza in the paddock for all racing participants while long time partner Molson sponsored the Party On The Patio. "We truly value these partnerships and look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming years," said Blanchard. "You simply can't put on a night like this without their support and we really appreciate it." The Raceway is now dark until early October but planning is already well underway for the Fall Season. Fans will notice some exciting changes when racing returns. One of the most significant will be a major upgrade to the broadcast production which will be produced in HD and include a completely revamped graphics package. The return in October will be highlighted by signature events such as the Veteran's Classic and Harness The Hope. Stay up to date on everything happening at The Raceway by visiting www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Blanchard

MAY 31, 2019 - So Much More has not quite settled into her new digs at the Beatson farm in Granton, but the three-year-old pacing filly made herself right at home at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday night, scoring an impressive harness racing victory in her $22,450 Grassroots division. "She raced great, she raced awesome," said Ken Beatson, who shares ownership of the recently acquired So Much More with his father, trainer Don Beatson of Granton, and nephew Cole England of Exeter. "We've got a farm at our place out in Granton, and we've got lots of paddock area with lots of grass, but she hasn't really even settled down enough that we feel comfortable turning her out on her own yet." In the fourth race of the London oval's action-packed Camluck Classic program So Much More and driver Tyler Borth fired out to the lead from Post 2 and never looked back, controlling the tempo through fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:26.2 before sailing home to a three length victory in 1:54.4. Cinderella Delight finished second and New Writer was third. "If she was good enough to make it to the front we were hoping that she could cut it," said Beatson, adding that the first turn was a bit of a worry. "Having raced here all our lives, we know that the first time here a lot of horses, especially ones that are a little bit heavy or hot or hyper, which she seems to be, can break in the first turn if you roll into it too fast. So we were just wanting to roll into that first turn and steady her around it. Survive the first turn and then go from there." The win was So Much More's fourth straight this season, but her first for the Beatson family, who purchased the filly from Prince Edward Island resident Doug MacPhee on May 21. Her first three wins came at the Charlottetown Driving Park in PEI and Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, NB. "That's kind of been our model for the last 15 years or so; to find a nice horse out East that is racing well, has proven themselves, but hasn't necessarily made a whole lot of money, because the purses are smaller out there," Palgrave resident Beatson explained. "So then we bring them over here and they fit the non-winners classes. We were hoping that this one would be good enough to maybe make a stake filly as well, and it looks like she is." Big Jim daughter So Much More will now have a few weeks to settle into her new home before the next Grassroots event, which does not go postward until June 20. A three-time Grassroots winner at two, Freya Seelster kicked off her sophomore campaign with another victory, going gate-to-wire from Post 4 in the first division. The Sunshine Beach daughter reeled off sharp fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.2 and battled through the wire to best Manhattan Night and Full Moon Fix in 1:55. "I was expecting that style of race," said trainer Shawn Steacy. "I was hoping the fractions wouldn't be as hot as what they were, :27 flat is a big quarter here for sure. That was a big mile and there were some other really nice fillies in there that almost got to her, but not today." Guelph resident Steacy shares ownership of Freya Seelster with his mother Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Guy Haskell of Guelph, ON and Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, AB. Louis-Philippe Roy was in the race bike for Friday's victory, the filly's first in three tries this season. Driver Trevor Henry scored two Grassroots wins, guiding Pazza Hanover to a 1:58 win for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and his partners Noblock Racing Stable and Wayne Carleton of Collingwood, ON and Crisp Mane to a 1:56.4 victory for trainer Gerald Lilley and owners Bill Manes of Rockwood and William Cripps of Acton, ON. The other divisions went to Charmbo Brie, driven to a 1:57.3 score by Mike Saftic for owner-trainer John Rier of Kitchener, Royalty Again, who was driven to a narrow 1:54.4 victory by Jody Jamieson for trainer Stephanie Jamieson and owner Lasvegas Stables Inc. of Toronto, ON, and Behavenmyself. Robert Shepherd drove Behavenmyself to the 1:56.3 win for trainer Gerard Demers and owners Les Ecuries GLD Inc. of St-Andre-Avelin and Jean Roch Marois of St-Joachim-de-Shefford, QC. After seven thrilling Grassroots races and four City of London finals, fans welcomed the Camluck Classic entrants to the racetrack in Race 12 and watched as The Wall delivered a thrilling upset, reeling in pacesetter and heavy favourite Done Well in the stretch to score a 1:52 victory. Rockin Speed and defending champ Rockin Ron also closed hard to finish second and third in the $157,000 contest, leaving Done Well to settle for fourth. Joe Bongiorno piloted Somebeachsomewhere son The Wall to the half-length victory for trainer Nicholas Surick and owner J L Benson Stables Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, FL. The win was the five-year-old gelding's fourth of the season and bumped his 2019 earnings to $216,720. Friday's program wrapped up The Raceway at Western Fair Raceway's spring meet. Racing will resume on October 4, when the London oval will welcome the top two-year-old pacing colts in Ontario for the last Gold Series Leg of their season. Complete results from Friday's Camluck Classic program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0531lonn.dat.   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 c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park

Friday, May 31, 2019 - The Wall and driver Joe Bongiorno posted an upset harness racing win in the $157,000 second edition of the Camluck Classic Invitational on Friday night at The Raceway. Things got tense in the first turn as favourite Done Well and post-one starter Ideal Jimmy tussled for command with the later getting roughed gaited and rolling off stride. The pacer caused confusion to Southwind Amazon who was in behind him and left Done Well to establish an easy lead. In the meantime, stablemate Rockin Ron got away in the pocket position with The Wall settling away third in the : 27 second first quarter. Done Well got an easy first half of :56 seconds and it was at that point that The Wall began his move to the outside to challenge, pressing Done Well through three-quarters in 1:23.4. The top pair were matching strides on the final turn with longshot Rockin Speed in close pursuit in third and poised in the second-over spot. In the stretch, The Wall overtook the pacesetter and was able to fend off the late rush of Rockin Speed. Defending champion Rockin Ron came through for third with Done Well tiring late to finish fourth in the 1:52 mile. The victory was the fourth of the season for the five-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere who went over the $178,000 in seasonal earnings and $400,000 lifetime for the J.L. Benson Stables Inc. of Florida and trainer Nick Surick.                                                                                          ---Jake MacDonald photo The program wrapped up the 2019 Spring Meet at The Raceway with live racing returning to the London oval in October.   From WFD Media

Friday, May 31, 2019 -- Tonight's Camluck Classic Invitational at The Raceway at Western Fair District has been reduced to a field of six with the scratches this morning of both Sintra and Trump Nation. Sintra, who was the 3-1 third choice in the race from post 5, came up with a foot injury this week. His connections were hopeful he would be good enough to go tonight but ultimately made the difficult decision to withdraw the star pacer. Longshot Trump Nation, who drew post 7, spiked a temperature according to his connections and did not make the trip to Canada. The remaining six horses will compete for a $157,000 purse with Confederation Cup winner Done Well installed as the 7-5 morning line choice from post two. The Camluck Classic program gets underway tonight at 6:55 p.m. and the Camluck Classic goes as the final race on the 12-race program. The race will also be part of the Facebook Live broadcast, sponsored by COSA, which gets underway at 10:30 p.m. (E.T.). Greg Blanchard      

MAY 29, 2019 - A must-attend event on the Ontario horse racing calendar for almost 50 years, this Friday's $458,650 Camluck Classic program at The Raceway at Western Fair District is loaded with some of the best harness racing talent in North America. Seven Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies and four City of London Finals will serve as a prelude to The Raceway's season finale, the $157,000 Camluck Classic Invitational for aged pacers. Trainer Gregg McNair will start two fillies in the Grassroots divisions and one pacing gelding in the last City of London final and the veteran horseman is confident fans will be treated to an exciting night of racing. "Oh it's a big night. I've been there a lot of times," said McNair, who won the Camluck Classic predecessor, the Molson Pace, in 2008 with Eagle Luck. "We've raced a couple horses in it, I think we were second in it one year and we won it one time. It's a big honour to race in it." While McNair does not have a starter in this year's signature race, he can claim a connection to Southwind Amazon, a son of the race's namesake who will start from Post 4 for current trainer Paul Holzman and Hall of Fame driver Dave Palone. "I actually had him at one time. I hate to say it, but we raced him in the Grassroots and now he's in the Camluck," said a rueful McNair, who campaigned Camluck son Southwind Amazon during his two and three-year-old seasons in 2012 and 2013. "He's come along to be a good horse." Trainer Gregg McNair                  -- (Iron Horse Photo) Before the top aged pacers go behind the starting gate for the Camluck Classic, McNair will send out three-year-old pacing fillies Kylie Seelster and Sugar Shadow in the sixth and seventh $22,800 Grassroots divisions. Kylie Seelster will start from Post 4 in the ninth race and the daughter of Big Jim heads into the race off two sophomore starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, a sixth-place result in the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association stake on May 11 and a runner-up finish on May 20. "That's a good position for her. She's a good filly. She gets around a half good too," said the Guelph resident, who shares ownership of Kylie Seelster with Hall of Fame horseman Keith Waples of Durham and London, ON veterinarian Dr. Chris Robson. "We were kind of wishing she would have been in at Mohawk Saturday night (in the Gold Series), but we decided to go to the Grassroots." Kylie Seelster captured a Grassroots division over the Grand River Raceway half-mile in her OSS debut last summer and her connections are hoping that she and driver Trevor Henry can deliver a similar result in the sophomore season opener. Shadow Play daughter Sugar Shadow will start from Post 3 in the tenth race, with Jody Jamieson in the race bike for owner-breeder Robert Chapple of Chatham, ON. The fillies' stablemate Balder Son was a handy winner of his City Of London Series elimination on May 22, touring The Raceway half-mile in 1:55.3. The Betterthancheddar son will be hampered by Post 7 in the $31,400 final, but McNair hopes driver Billy Davis, Jr. can still map out a trip. "He's as good as anything in there, post position is probably going to be a little tough on him, but he's a nice horse and the turns don't bother him much either," said the horseman, who trains three-year-old pacing gelding Balder Son for Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS. "Not that you'd be thinking about cutting out the mile or anything, but he usually races better following horses anyway. "Hope he just doesn't have to follow them the whole way, that's all," added McNair with a chuckle. Post time for the Camluck Classic program is 6:55 pm with the Grassroots divisions going postward as Races 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10, the City of London Finals slated as Races 1, 3, 7, and 11 and the marquee event wrapping things up in Race 12. Fans will also enjoy live music from Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand, food and drink specials and a variety of give-aways throughout the evening. Complete details for the Friday, May 31 Camluck Classic are available at https://www.westernfairdistrict.com/camluckclassic. Entries for the event are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0531lonn.dat. In addition to Friday's Grassroots event, The Raceway at Western Fair District will also host a Gold Series Leg for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday, Oct. 4. Find The Raceway's complete OSS schedule at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/schedule/schedule_loc.html#LON.   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 c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

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