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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

LONDON...Driver Brent Holland will be making his first trip to Canada in more than a decade and the Illinois native will be making his driving debut at The Raceway at Western Fair District this Friday night. Holland, who has over 5,000 driving victories, will team up with trainer Erv Miller aboard Ideal Jimmy in the $157,000 edition of the Camluck Classic. "He's a very, very talented horse," Holland said. "He's not an overly big horse, but he's got a big set of lungs and can handle the turns very well which is a big asset to have on the half-mile." When the post position draw was announced Monday afternoon on the pre-game show, Holland was pleased with the outcome. "Erv (Miller) texted me and said 'we have the rail,' it couldn't have worked out any better," said Holland. When asked how the race might play out. Holland was quick to respond. "Well, I have Plan 'A', Plan 'B' and Plan 'C' and they are all the same plan. Take no prisoners," he said with a chuckle. "My horse is so good on the front. Actually I don't think he's been beat on the front this season." Holland last drove in Canada back in 2008 aboard Pop Z Pop in the $185,000 edition of the Des Smith for trainer Miller. "I've only been to Canada three times I believe and I'm excited to visit again," he said. "I was talking with Joe Bongiorno just the other day about the race and he told me what a great event it is. I'm excited to be a part of it."   Below is the complete field in post position order:   1. Ideal Jimmy 2. Done Well 3. The Wall 4. Southwind Amazon 5. Sintra 6. Rockin Speed 7. Trump Nation 8. Rockin Ron   Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include eight divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City Of London Series finals. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

This Week: Camluck Classic, The Raceway at Western Fair District, London, Ontario; Currier & Ives Filly Trot, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Graduate Series second leg and Somebeachsomewhere, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action opens on Friday night (May 31) at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the C$157,000 Camluck Classic for older male pacers. Racing will take place on Saturday (June 1) at two venues. The Meadows will host the $70,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters and Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature two C$80,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts and single C$99,000 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the Meadows race can be found by clicking on this link. Western Fair and Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: As a yearling, Bettor's Wish sold for all of $20,000. "But he's not a $20,000 horse anymore." So said co-owner and trainer Chris Ryder Saturday night (May 25) after his charge - and driver Dexter Dunn - made short work of Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 29th Rooney, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, turned into a romp for the odds-on ($3.70) choice. One of two elimination winners, Bettor's Wish drew post position No. 6 in the finale. He found himself three-wide early, outside of Captain Malicious (Mark MacDonald) and Buddy Hill (Brian Sears) and inside of Blood Money (Scott Zeron). Blood Money made the lead before a :27 opening quarter-mile, then a :55.4 intermission. Going up the backside the second time, Rollwithpapajoe (Joe Bongiorno) was advancing out of fifth before he broke stride. That allowed Buddy Hill a path out of third, and as he was about to leave the cones, Bettor's Wish extricated himself from the pocket. That one disposed of Blood Money soon after a 1:24.1 three-quarters, preparing to bust the race wide open. Bettor's Wish slapped three lengths on his rivals in and out of the final turn, then ran it up. The final margin was a half-dozen lengths in a season's-best 1:51.4. Second went to Branquinho (Tyler Buter), while Air Force Hanover (David Miller) was third. Buddy Hill and Blood Money picked off the remainder. Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt co-owned by Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Kenneth Solomon, has won all three of his seasonal starts and earned $180,000. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards.   Here are the leaders following this past weekend:   Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 193; 2. Jason Bartlett - 144; 3. George Brennan - 110; 4. Jordan Stratton - 107; 5. Daniel Dube - 104. Trainers: 1. Jim King Jr. - 149; 2. Ron Burke - 85; 3. Rene Allard - 77; 4. Richard Banca - 61; 5. Andrew Harris - 54. Owners: 1. Jo Ann Looney-King - 55.2; 2. Tim Tetrick LLC - 51.7; 3. Richard Poillucci - 41.7; 4. Brad Grant - 41; 5. D R Van Witzenburg - 40.   Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Northfield Park, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Northfield will host the Battle of Lake Erie for invitational pacers, Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters.   Paul Ramlow Internet News Manager U.S. Trotting Association

London, May 27, 2019 -- A victory behind pacer Jake Parrish is always special for harness racing driver Nick Steward but was particularly so on Monday night at The Raceway at Western Fair District as it marked the 2000th career trip to the winner's circle for the London reinsman. Jake Parrish is a family favourite who is conditioned by recent Wall Of Fame inductee Larry Fitzsimmons who is also the grandfather of Steward. In Monday's first race, Steward sent his charge straight to command from post one and was able to wire the field in a sharp clocking of 1:56.1 for the milestone win. It was the third win this season and 27th lifetime for the seven-year-old gelded son of Whosurboy who sits with close to $160,000 in career earnings. Fans are reminded that the final card of the season at The Raceway goes this Friday night, featuring the $157,000 Camluck Classic Invitational Pace. The card gets underway at 6:55 p.m. and full details are available at www.camluckclassic.com.   Greg Blanchard

LONDON...The field for this year's $157,000 Camluck Classic has now been finalized. Back to defend his Camluck Classic title in the Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron. The $1.7 million harness racing winner put together a sizzling performance last year when he set a new track record of 1:50.1. The seven-year-old gelding will have Louis Roy aboard. Rockin Speed, trained by Jared & Joe Seekman, is the final starter for this years rich classic. The son of Rockin Image is fresh off a fourth place finish in the Confederation Cup after finishing second in his elimination. The Indiana Sires Stakes graduate had a mark of 1:50.2 taken this year at Miami Valley. Billy Davis is expected to drive. Rockin Ron                                                    --Jake MacDonald photo Also confirmed starters and drivers this year are: Done Well (Dexter Dunn) Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) The Wall (Joe Bongiorno) Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) Sinta (Jody Jamieson) Southwind Amazon (Dave Palone) The post position draw for this year's Camluck Classic will be held live this Monday afternoon on The Raceway pre-game show, which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Race fans can tune into a special online broadcast of the Camluck Classic from The Raceway beginning at 10:30 p.m. The one-hour broadcast is part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA). The broadcast will be streamed on the Standardbred Canada website and aired via the Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages. Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

London, May 20, 2019 -- Less than 24 hours after capturing the 41st edition of the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, trainer Ron Burke has confirmed that Done Well will participate in this year's Camluck Classic on closing night, May 31st at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The son of Well Said has now posted back-to-back harness racing wins following a 1:50.2 lifetime best over Flamboro and is sure to be a major threat in this year's $157,000 contest. The gelding has more than $583,000 earned in his career and has started off his four-year-old campaign with a record of 2-1-0 from a trio of starts. The Raceway is also proud to announce that the connections of Trump Nation and The Wall have accepted invitations to the Camluck Classic. Trump Nation, who captured the 2018 edition of the Art Rooney, is fresh off a sizzling 1:49.3 winning effort at The Meadowlands. He will line up in the Camluck Classic for trainer Andrew Harris, himself a native of Ontario who now operates a large stable in New Jersey. The pacer's sire, Betterthancheddar, competed in what was then the Molson Pace at Western Fair in 2013 finishing a strong second behind State Treasurer. Trump Nation has a 10-3-3 record from 22 starts in his career with $322,000 in the bank. The Wall, trained by Nick Surick, is also confirmed for this year's Camluck Classic. The son of Somebeachsomewhere captured two legs of this year's George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway and has nearly $340,000 banked in his young career. The five-year-old boasts a record of 1:51.2 taken earlier this year at Yonkers Raceway and will be handled by his regular pilot Joe Bongiorno on May 31st. The other big news is that harness racing's winningest driver Dave Palone will make the trip to Ontario to drive Southwind Amazon in the Camluck Classic. Palone has put up amazing numbers during his career including more than 18,800 trips to the winner's circle. Perhaps the most impressive statistic is 29 consecutive seasons of at least 400 wins or more. Below are the six confirmed starters at this point in alphabetical order. The other two starters will be confirmed this week. Done Well Ideal Jimmy Sintra Southwind Amazon The Wall Trump Nation   Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Western Fair District

London, May 17, 2019 -- Veteran harness racing horseman Larry Fitzsimmons was inducted into The Raceway at Western Fair District's Wall of Fame on Friday night. With dozens of friends and family on hand, the career winner of more than 1,100 races and $7 million was honoured during a trackside ceremony which was followed by the unveiling of the photo that will go up on The Raceway's prestigious wall. Fitzsimmons is a native of Hanover, Ontario but has called London home since the 1970's and has won numerous training titles at the London oval over his career. Some of his more notable performers include Stonebridge Celest, Angels Uprising and Laurstar. Friday night's $12,700 Wall of Fame Pace went to National Debt in line to Rob Shepherd in 1:54.2. It was the sixth win in just 10 trips postward this season for the Colin Johnson trainee who is quickly approaching the $500,000 mark in career earnings. The Raceway is entering its final two weeks of the 2019 Spring meet which will wrap up with the Camluck Classic program on Friday, May 31st. For details on the entire evening, visit www.camluckclassic.com.   WFD Media

London, May 16, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has announced a trio of the confirmed starters for this year's Camluck Classic which takes place on Friday, May 31st. All three horses will be making their debut in the race on what promises to be one of the biggest days in Canadian harness racing this season. Sintra, who captured the 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby and remains undefeated in seven starts this season, will make his first Camluck Classic appearance for the husband-wife team of Stephanie and Jody Jamieson. "He's a special horse and one that we've had our eye on for quite some time," said Greg Gangle, Assistant Racing Manager. "We were unable secure him in the past few years due to scheduling so this year is extra exciting. He's certainly a headliner and needs no introduction to our racing fans. He remains undefeated this season and holds the track record for three-year-olds at The Raceway. " The 25-time winner has career earnings over $1.1 million and currently holds the track record at The Raceway for three-year-old gelding pacers of 1:52.4. Ideal Jimmy has enjoyed a resurgence this season for his connections after just making just one trip postward as a five-year-old in 2018. He has amassed an impressive 7-4-1 summary from 16 starts this year and is one of the highest money winners in North America with $223,000 earned for trainer Erv Miller and owner Don Van Witzenburg of Illinois. Ideal Jimmy                             --Mike Lizzi photo The son of Western Ideal is a career winner of more than $750,000 and is fresh off a gate-to-wire score at the Open level at Yonkers in 1:51.1. Ohio-invader Southwind Amazon will be returning to his home soil as he lines up in the $150,000 dash for trainer Paul Holzman. The son of Camluck began his career in Ontario before racking up 77 career wins and earnings well over $800,000. The iron-tough veteran is fresh off a second-place finish at Northfield Park, timed in 1:49.4. "This guy is an absolute beast on a half-mile track and his record over the past couple of seasons speaks for itself," said Gangle. "It's quite likely that he will be the last son of the late, great Camluck to compete in this race so that is just one of the exciting storylines in this year's event." The nine-year-old boasts an 8-4-1 record from 13 starts this season and is one of the few Standardbreds with multiple sub-1:50 half-mile clockings to his credit. The Camluck Classic will move back to its traditional Friday night time slot on May 31 after switching to a Saturday night last year. The powerful undercard will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $55 (taxes and fees included). Tickets to the Infield Event are going fast. The Party on the Patio will be back this year bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Blanchard

London, April 29, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is gearing up for a busy final month of the 2018/19 season and has some important schedule reminders for horse people and fans. Once again this year, The Raceway will feature live racing on Mother’s Day, which lands on Sunday, May 12. First post for the afternoon program is 12:55 p.m. and seating is going fast for the Mother’s Day brunch. To make reservations, contact 519-438-7203 (ext. 252) or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. There will be no live racing the following day on Monday, May 13. The Raceway will also be dark on Wednesday, May 29 in preparation for the Camluck Classic program on Friday, May 31. The Raceway’s Annual Wall of Fame Night will take place on Friday, May 17. This year’s inductee is long-time trainer Larry Fitzsimmons. The London, Ontario resident has been a mainstay at The Raceway for more than four decades. Fitzsimmons will be honoured during a trackside ceremony on a night that also features the Wall of Fame Pace. As always, the season will end on a high note when the track hosts its signature event, The Camluck Classic, on Friday, May 31. Many of North America’s best older pacers will square off in the $150,000 contest and the powerful undercard will feature the Ontario Sires Stakes along with a quartet of City of London Series Finals. The Raceway will also be hosting ‘Horsin’ Around The Market’ on Sunday, May 26 at Western Fair’s Farmers Market. Mini horse rides will be offered in conjunction with the Market along with other special kids’ activities. Customers can also enter a draw for a pair of tickets to the Camluck Classic Infield Experience. The event will be taking place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. May Schedule Reminders: May 13 and 29 – NO LIVE RACING May 12 – Mothers Day Racing May 17 – Wall of Fame Night May 26 – Horsing Around At The Market May 31 – Camluck Classic   WFD Media Greg Blanchard

LONDON... Harness racing veteran pilot Scott Coulter enjoyed a special milestone when he notched his 5,000th career win on Wednesday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Brantford, Ontario resident has been a mainstay in the Ontario circuit for more than 25 years and was crowned the leading dash winning driver during the 2018 season at The Raceway. It was a fitting ending to the road to 5,000 for Coulter as he guided 2018 Horse of The Year Spicey Victor to victory in Race 9. Coulter has been primary driver behind the aged gelding for trainer Len Lalonde and his wife Kristina. Scott Coulter and Spicey Victor Greg Gangle

LONDON & HAMILTON, April 5, 2019 - The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs - both member tracks of Ontario Racing (OR) - have jointly announced a 10% purse increase for the balance of their Spring meets. The additional purse money, as well as added races that had been carded in recent weeks, will offset the cancelled programs suffered at both venues this past winter season due to unfavourable weather throughout Southern Ontario. Enhanced purses will also be offered on the tracks' signature nights - the Confederation Cup program at Flamboro on Sunday, May 19th and the Camluck Classic program at The Raceway on Friday, May 31st. Flamboro features live racing every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:35 p.m. while The Raceway goes every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 6:55 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

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