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LONDON, ON - For a second straight season The Raceway at Western Fair District will be forced to cancel its signature event, the Camluck Classic due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   The $150,000 event attracts the best older pacers in North America and is traditionally the final program of the meet at the London, Ont. oval.   More information will be released in the coming weeks regarding the City of London Series, which is also held during the month of May with the finals apart of the Camluck Classic program.   by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

TORONTO -  April 12, 2021 - Ontario Racing is pleased to announce that Standardbred horsepeople now have the opportunity to access certain purse funds that remain available under the Funding Agreement with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as a result of the suspension of live harness racing in the province as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aforementioned funds were already committed to the industry through the Funding Agreement for Live Horse Racing between Ontario Racing and OLG. "We are pleased to be able to provide these equine benefit payments," said John Hayes, Chair, Ontario Racing. "Horse racing, like so many other industries, continues to be severely impacted by the pandemic. The Ontario Racing team, OLG, and industry representatives, remain dedicated to assisting horsepeople and horses across the province. We are grateful for your ongoing support throughout these challenging times." In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Racing created a task force, as it did during the spring lockdown in 2020, to address the financial impacts to Standardbred horse racing in Ontario. Eligibility Requirements: For horsepeople to be eligible for financial payments for the month of April pursuant to this program, the Standardbred COVID-19 Task Force has determined that horses must meet the criteria outlined below to be eligible to receive an equine benefit payment. Horses Drawn into Race Cancellation Payment - $300 per horse: Horses entered to race Saturday April 3, 2021 and Sunday April 4, 2021 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Western Fair, and Rideau Carleton will be awarded the standard $300 cancellation fee. These races were previously drawn. April Training Benefit Payment - $1,000 per horse: 1. Any horse stabled in Ontario with a charted line in Ontario in 2021 and is not currently racing or training/stabled outside of Ontario without returning to Ontario prior to April 5 shall receive $1,000 in relief funding. No application required. 2. The following horses that are preparing to race and are currently stabled in Ontario for the month of April may be eligible to apply for $1,000 in relief funding: Unraced in 2021 3- & 4-year-olds Any horse who started in Ontario between September 1 - December 23, 2020 that was stabled in Ontario at the time of the start and remained in Ontario until December 23, 2020 All horses under both criteria must remain in Ontario for the month of April to receive funding and make their first start in Ontario once live racing resumes in Ontario. If a horse qualifies under both criteria, the horse is eligible for only a single $1,000 payment. Application form: The Standardbred Equine Benefit application for this payment can be found here (Application Form Link). The deadline to submit your application to Ontario Racing is Friday, April 23, 2021. All mailed applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 23, 2021 in order to be eligible. Please email or mail completed applications to: Attn: Sarrah Young - syoung@ontarioracing.com Ontario Racing Management 555 Rexdale Boulevard Toronto, ON M9W 5L2 Important Notes: All payments received must be used for the care and maintenance of Standardbred horses Once racing resumes in Ontario, horses who have received benefits under this program MUST make their first start at an Ontario Standardbred racetrack Ontario Racing reserves the right to request additional information to ensure all criteria has been met. Those receiving benefit payments under the program could be subject to an audit by Ontario Racing. Failure to meet the criteria will result in all amounts being repaid to Ontario Racing. All decisions are at the discretion of Ontario Racing and are ABSOLUTE and FINAL Horses are currently under the care of an AGCO licensed trainer at the time the application is submitted From Ontario Racing  

On Tuesday (April 6) Ontario Racing issued a notice to the harness racing industry regarding support payments for the cancelled race cards that were slated to be conducted at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, Rideau Carleton Raceway and Woodbine Mohawk Park earlier this month. The release is as follows: Ontario Racing is pleased to notify industry participants that Standardbred horsepeople affected by the cancellation of race cards for Woodbine Mohawk Park (April 3, 2021), The Raceway at Western Fair District (April 3, 2021) and Rideau Carleton Raceway (April 4, 2021), due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will receive a one-time payment of $300 for each horse drawn into race on the specified days. The number of horses, 310 in total, affected by the cancellation of races due to the Ontario Government’s latest lockdown measures put into effect on April 3, 2021, are as follows: Woodbine Mohawk Park – 103 horses, The Raceway at Western Fair District – 78 horses, and Rideau Carleton Raceway – 129 horses. These funds were already committed to the industry through the Funding Agreement for Live Horse Racing between Ontario Racing and OLG. The support payments will be mailed out in the coming days. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Racing created a task force, as it did during the spring 2020 lockdown, to address the financial impacts to Standardbred horse racing in Ontario. From Ontario Racing

New Zealand import Smoke N Reactor N retained her victory in The Raceway at Western Fair's co-featured harness racing Preferred 3 Pace after deep-stretch stickhandling drew the interest of the stewards.   Driver Jean Rene Plante sent the mare out sharply from post five, but Powerful Chris (Colin Kelly) forced her into the pocket entering the first turn. The latter led to the quarter in :28.1, half in :58.3, and three-quarters in 1:28.   Saulsbrook Jessie (Brett Macdonald) attacked from first-up going into the final turn, and a compact outside flow left Smoke N Reactor N trapped on the rail. She found room when second-over Sirius Star (Michael Horner) shifted into the three-path, and Plante lunged his charge to the rail as Powerful Chris faded, causing the latter to toss her head and bear in.   Smoke N Reactor N then shot up the pylons, going by both of the top two to win by three quarters of a length in 1:58. Sirius Star got up for place, and Saulsbrook Jessie was third. The judges investigated Plante's stretch drive but ruled that there were no sufficient grounds for disqualification.   SMOKE N REACTOR N REPLAY     Smoke N Reactor N has now won eight of her 62 lifetime appearances and earned more than $65,000. She's now three-for-four for Plante since he took over ownership and training duties on Mar. 4. Plante guided the Auckland Reactor mare to her first win since moving to Canada.   Letstaketothesky scored in the second co-feature, sliding out of the pocket late and sneaking by to capture the extended distance conditioned trot.   Driver Anthony Haughan contested the early lead with her but ultimately settled for the two-hole and followed Twin B Hugs through the quarter in :29.1 and half in 1:00. Letstaketothesky was bottled up in the pocket going to three-quarters in 1:30.4. First-up Twin B Hugs (Paul Mackenzie) drifted out just enough to allow Haughan enough room to squeeze his charge through traffic and get up for the win.   Letstaketothesky got up to win by a neck in 2:09.2 over a mile and a sixteenth. Twin B Hugs was second, and Black Seven (George Ketros) was third best.   LETSTAKETOTHESKY REPLAY     Letstaketothesky is now three-for-26 lifetime with just shy of $50,000 in earnings for owners David and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest. They bred the four-year-old by Wheeling N Dealin; David trains.   Also on the card, the four-year-old Muscle Mass gelding Rubbleonthedouble broke his maiden in race two in 2:04.3 with Haughan in the bike. The Holliday Duo also own, train, and bred him.   The Raceway at Western Fair will likely not return for at least four weeks as the province of Ontario will move into lockdown on Saturday, Apr. 3 at 12:01 a.m EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Share The Moment blew away conditioned harness racing fillies and mares by more than 10 lengths in The Raceway at Western Fair's Thursday, Apr. 1 feature pace.   Driver Travis Cullen acted accordingly with his mount's superiority, sending her to the front in a :30.2 first quarter. He laid down an identical second panel, reaching the half in 1:00.4.   The field appeared to reel in the 1/9 favourite slightly going towards three-quarters in 1:30.2, but Share The Moment kicked away at that point. The filly turned on the jets and widened the gap throughout the final quarter, winning by ten and three quarter lengths in 1:59.2. Cherie Amour (Tyler Moore) was second, and Littlebearcat (Michael Horner) circled up for show.   SHARE THE MOMENT REPLAY     Share The Moment is now five-for-13 lifetime with earnings of more than $20,000. She's a three-year-old Control The Moment filly owned and bred by Cullen. Jodie Cullen trains. The horse paid $2.20 to win.   Also on the card, trainer Darren Rayner took his first win of 2021 in the opener as Hard Rock (Bruce Richardson) circled the field in 2:00.3. Caleb Stephens did the same in the seventh race with Chuck Heaton Love, who went wire-to-wire in 2:01.3 at the hands of Paul MacKenzie. Jason Sherman won his first of the year in the finale as his mare, Rollwithitannie, brushed and crushed in 2:06.1 with Scott Coulter in the bike.   Steelmeatreasure, a three-year-old State Treasurer filly, broke her maiden on 13 tries in the fourth race in 2:00. Victory Puddy co-owns and trains for partners Lloyd Stone of Portland (ON), Michael Horwood of Tecumseh, and 10462217 Canada Inc of Gloucester. Lorne House handled the filly.   The Raceway at Western Fair's next card will be on Friday, Apr. 2, which will consist of 10 races beginning at 5:50 p.m. EDT. It will be the Elora, Ontario track's final program for at least four weeks as the province moves into a lockdown on Apr. 3.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

All harness racing in Ontario will stop again as Premier Doug Ford announced today (Thursday, Apr. 1) that Ontario will move into a province-wide lockdown effective Saturday, Apr. 3 at 12:01 a.m. EDT.   The provincial government said that it is "pulling the emergency brake" as Covid-19 cases begin to rise again. This will result in the temporary closure of Woodbine Mohawk Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, and Rideau Carleton Raceway. Flamboro Downs has previously been placed in lockdown and planned to move its cards to Mohawk Park.   The racing industry in Ontario was closed for seven weeks during the last lockdown, which began on Dec. 26, 2020 and ended on Feb. 16.   Ontario's last race programs before shutting down will be the Friday, Apr. 1 cards of Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Raceway at Western Fair.    by Nicholas Barndsale, for Harnesslink

Brady Bunch led throughout the Wednesday, Mar. 31 harness racing Preferred 2 Trot at The Raceway at Western Fair and won fairly comfortably. Bob McClure procured the early lead for Brady Bunch, sending the gelding out best in a :28.2 opening panel. McClure gave the horse a handy breather to the half in :59.2. Odds-on favourite Veyron (J Bradley Harris) pursued the first-over path and hurried the leader going to three-quarters in 1:27.3. Brady Bunch had ample trot remaining in the stretch and won by a length and a half in 1:58. Veyron sustained his bid to take second, and Willyorwonthe (Colin Kelly) had to settle for third after being trapped on the rail. The winner paid $7.10. BRADY BUNCH REPLAY   Brady Bunch is now 9-for-30 lifetime with more than $210,000 earned. Jacques Dupont trains the five-year-old Muscle Mass gelding for Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc of Sainte-Julie, Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East, Gestion C Levesque 2005 Inc of St-Hyacinthe, and Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy. Coulter went on to take a triple on the evening. Also on the card, trainer Kenneth Mathieson took his first career win as Life Is Better scored in the fifth race. Scott Coulter drove the five-year-old Betterthancheddar stallion to a 1:57.4 victory. LIFE IS BETTER REPLAY   Mathieson, a resident of Hamilton, co-owns with Henry Banakiewicz of Jerseyville. Lawmen Reign (1:59.4) won the Seniors Pace at the hands of Ross Battin, giving the reinsman and trainer his first driving and conditioning win of the year. The Raceway at Western Fair will return on Thursday, Apr. 1 with 11 races starting at 5:50 p.m. EDT. The Saturday, Apr. 3 card will most likely be the track's last for at least four weeks, as the province of Ontario will enter a month-long lockdown on that date due to a rise in Covid-19 cases. This will also almost certainly result in the closure of all other Ontario racetracks. For full race results, click here. by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Big Sir was awarded the victory in The Raceway at Western Fair's harness racing feature on Tuesday, Mar. 30 after Shadow Tail drifted into his path and stopped his late charge.   Driver Doug McNair slotted the heavily favoured Big Sir into the pocket through the first turn, quickly abandoning his bid for leadership. Shadow Tail (Austin Sorrie) led the way through opening splits of 27.1 and 57.3. Podium Seelster advanced first up going through the third panel timed in 1:26.2, and Big Sir swung around him coming into the final turn.   McNair lunged his gelding to the outside, and the horse took off with the newfound racetrack, bearing down on the leader. Shadow Tail drifted out in the stretch and hooked wheels with the oncoming challenger, causing the two to maintain position crossing the finish line.   Shadow Tail went over the wire first, but officials ruled he caused interference to Big Sir and placed him second. Big Sir received the victory. Heza Handy Man came up the rail for show. The winner paid $2.70.   BIG SIR REPLAY     Big Sir is now 11-for-30 lifetime with more than $65,000 in earnings. Tony Montini trains the four-year-old by Big Jim for Albina Montini of Acton, Kwong Sum Low of Etobicoke, William Rogers of Aurora, and Rick Rier of Hanover.   Also on the card, the three-year-old State Treasurer colt Hollys Treasure broke his maiden despite being parked for the entire mile and was a 25-1 longshot. Driver Bruce Richardson sent him out quickly and battled with Hes A Littleterror (George Ketros) throughout the contest, eventually pacing him into submission and surviving a late move from Sunseeker (Lorne House).   HOLLYS TREASURE REPLAY     Colonel Schneider of Arthur owns, and Cassidy Schneider trains.   Trainer Ashley Duford took her first win of the year with Jooner (2:02) in the fifth. Madalyn Henry accomplished the same feat with Windemere McSeek (1:59) in the sixth, as did Otis Hall in the 10th with Sauble Attack (1:57).   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

LONDON, ON - Management at The Raceway at Western Fair District would like to update all harness racing horsepeople on the most up-to-date racing schedule, post times and qualifiers at the half-mile oval. With the Hamilton Region having entered the Grey-Lockdown category as of Sunday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m., Flamboro Downs is not permitted to host live racing. Therefore The Raceway will be conducting live racing each Thursday and Saturday in addition to its regular schedule. Live racing will be conducted Monday through Saturday at The Raceway, going forward, until April 30. All post times will be at 5:50 p.m. Qualifiers and training will be conducted each Thursday morning. Training will be available from 7 am until 9 am. Qualifiers and schoolers will commence at 9 am. Training will not be permitted following the last schooling session. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

Ontario Racing announced today (March 30) that previously scheduled Sunday cards of racing for Flamboro Downs will move to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sunday evenings during the month of April, starting April 4. Additionally, The Raceway at Western Fair District will host the April 3, 10, 17 and 24 Saturday race cards, as well as the April 8, 15, 22 and 29 Thursday race cards, previously scheduled for Flamboro Downs on those dates (both are pending final approval). With the Hamilton Region having entered the Grey-Lockdown category as of Sunday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m., Flamboro Downs is not permitted to host live racing. Following discussions with all appropriate parties and pending final regulatory approval, the cards slated for Sundays at Flamboro Downs in April will now take place on the same day at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a post time of 7:00 p.m. The draw for transferred races at Woodbine Mohawk Park, to be conducted by its Race Office, will take place on Thursdays. The entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. Also, following discussions with all appropriate parties and pending final regulatory approval, the cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays at Flamboro Downs in April will now take place on the same days at The Raceway at Western Fair District, each with a post time of 5:50 p.m. The draw for the transferred races will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays, respectively. The entry box closes at 10:00 a.m. The process for entries and draws for the moved Flamboro race cards will remain consistent. All horsepeople competing on Sunday Woodbine Mohawk Park race cards in Milton, Ontario, and Thursday and Saturday race cards in London, Ontario, are required to complete the racetrack’s COVID-19 screening test prior to arriving at the racetrack. Full live racing schedules and race handicapping resources, including free programs, are available at the Woodbine Mohawk Park and Western Fair websites. Horseplayers can watch and wager on the live racing cards through HPIbet. Ontario Racing would like to acknowledge all the parties involved, including the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), for their immediate action and support. From Ontario Racing

MILTON, ON - March 30, 2021 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind harness racing horsepeople of Thursday's deadline for nominations to several late-closing events at tracks across Ontario. Nominations are due Thursday (April 1) for the Ontario Sired Spring Series (Mohawk Park), City of London Series (Western Fair) and Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series (Dresden Raceway). The Ontario Sired Spring Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park is for Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020. The Spring Series consists of two preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The Spring Series for fillies starts on Thursday, April 15, while the Spring Series for colts and gelding starts on Friday, April 16. All four Spring Series events will conclude on Saturday, May 1. The nomination fee for the Ontario Sired Spring Series is $300. To view the nomination form for the Ontario Sired Spring Series, click here. The City of London Series at Western Fair is for Ontario sired four-year-olds and younger. The Ciry of London features an event for all divisions, male and female, pacers and trotters. Non-winners of $10,000 lifetime as of midnight February 28, 2021 are eligible. The City of London consists of eliminations and a final. The eliminations will go for a purse of $8,000 each and all finals will have $20,000 in added money. The finals for the City of London will take place on Friday, May 28, with eliminations the week prior. The nomination fee for the City of London is $200. To view the nomination form for the City of London, click here. The Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series at Dresden Raceway is open to maiden pacers, non-winners of one race or $5,000 (F&M $6,000) lifetime as of midnight March 31, 2021. The series consists of two $5,000 preliminary legs and a $12,000 added money final. The Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series starts on Sunday, June 6 and concludes on Sunday, June 20. The nomination fee for the Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series is $100. To view the nomination form for the Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series, click here. Full information for all stakes and other racing related items can be found by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Horsepeople/. Woodbine Entertainment encourages all horsepeople to submit payments online by visiting www.Woodbine.com/SBPayments. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than April 1, 2021 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Harness racing driver Colin Kelly captured four of The Raceway at Western Fair's 11 races on Monday, Mar. 29, including the feature.   In the Preferred 2 Handicap Pace, Kelly executed a second-over trip for Pedro Hanover which the pair converted into victory.   Pedro Hanover left alertly, tucking into the third spot on the rail which quickly became fourth after Mercenary (Tyler Borth) drove on to the lead. Kelly remained unmoving through the quarter in 28 and half in 57.1, pulling out going into the third turn.   Easton Beach (George Ketros) moved simultaneously, giving Pedro Hanover perfect cover. The former paced strongly down the backside and claimed the lead before three-quarters in 1:27. Kelly dropped to the rail turning for home but pulled his charge back to the outside in the lane and out-finished Easton Beach to win by a length in 1:56.4.   Easton Beach was second, and Outlawgrabbingears (Paul Davies) marched from second-to-last for show. The winner was a mild upset, paying $12.90.   PEDRO HANOVER REPLAY     Pedro Hanover is now 13-for-49 lifetime with more than $460,000 in earnings and is three-for-four in 2021. The six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere stallion is trained by Corey Giles for Brad Gray of Dundas.   Kelly also drove winners Coco Beach De Vie (1:58.2) in the second race, Firebby A (1:57.4) in the eighth, and Jake Loewen (1:56.3) in the 10th.   Also on the card, trainer Isaac Waxman trained his first winner of the year in Fcee N (1:59.3) in the fifth, as did William Hamm in the sixth with Insincerity (1:59.4).   The Raceway at Western Fair will resume racing on Tuesday, Mar. 30 with an 11-race card beginning at 5:50 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

On Saturday (March 27), Ontario Racing announced that the card of harness racing previously scheduled card for Flamboro Downs on Thursday, April 1, will now move to The Raceway at the Western Fair District, to be run on the same date (pending final approval). With the Hamilton Region entering the Grey-Lockdown category as of Sunday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m., Flamboro Downs will not be permitted to host live racing. Following discussions with all appropriate parties and pending final regulatory approval, the card slated for Thursday at Flamboro Downs will now take place on Thursday at The Raceway at the Western Fair District with a post time of 5:50 p.m. The draw for the transferred races is set for Monday, March 29. All horsepeople competing on Thursday’s card at The Raceway in London, Ontario, are required to complete the racetrack’s COVID-19 screening test prior to arriving at the racetrack. Full live racing schedules and race handicapping resources, including free programs, are available on the Western Fair website. Horseplayers can watch and wager on the live racing card through HPIbet.com. Ontario Racing would like to acknowledge all the parties involved, including the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), for their immediate action and support. From Ontario Racing

After a poor showing at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Mar. 12, Casimir Swamp Girl returned to The Raceway at Western Fair and won the harness racing Preferred 2/3 Handicap Pace on Friday, Mar. 26.   She left fastest and grabbed the lead entering the first turn. Driver Colin Kelly managed 28.2 and 58.3 opening splits before Buttermilk Hanover (Travis Henry) attacked first-over.   Casimir Swamp Girl accelerated to a 1:27.2 three-quarters and paced home better than the rest to win by a length and three quarters in 1:57.     CASIMIR SWAMP GIRL REPLAY     Sweet heaven (Nick Steward) converted his pocket trip into place money; Casino Classic (Austin Sorrie) came from last to finish third. A correct $2 win ticket returned $5.70.   Casimir Swamp Girl has won her last four races at The Raceway, all of which were Preferred contests. Overall, the five-year-old Up The Credit Mare is 21-for-36 and has earned more than $115,000 in her career. Kyle Bossence trains for William Pendleton of Kenilworth.   Also on the card, Grace Too fell in the second race after going off stride from the lead. The four-year-old mare led all the way for Travis Henry before going rough-gaited, breaking stride, and falling at the head of the stretch. Henry was dumped from the bike but landed on his feet. Tyler Borth and Andy Moore's mounts were caught up in the incident; neither horse fell, but both drivers were forced from the sulky.   RACE TWO REPLAY     The reinsman all drove later on the evening, and Sugar Doyle, The Raceway's announcer, reported on Twitter that Grace Too returned to the paddock unscathed. Brydown Lilibet (Scott Wray) won the race, Feisty Betty (Shawn Steacy) was second, and Addi Three (Jamie Doig) was third.   Trainer Randy Henry acquired his first win of the season in that race. Robert Coulter also took his first of 2021 with Blossom Onthebeach in the ninth.   The Raceway at Western Fair's next card is set for Monday, Mar. 29. It will see 11 races and begin at 5:50 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Power And Grace won the Preferred 2 Handicap Trot at The Raceway at Western Fair and broke the harness racing track record for aged trotting mares in doing so.   Driver Brett Macdonald went two-wide going into the first turn to acquire the lead. He did so and carved out fractions of 28.1, 58.3, and 1:27.1 for his mare, who handily put away all challengers in the lane to win by a length and a half in 1:57.1.   Sicario (Alfie Carroll) finished second from the pocket, and Willyorwonthe was third. The winner paid $6.40.       Power And Grace's record-setting win improved her lifetime tally to 26-for-81 and her earnings to more than $205,000 lifetime. Ronald Macdonald trains the six-year-old Holiday Road mare for owners Hartel Maintenance Inc of Guelph and Lormer McClure of Orangeville.   The track record for older trotting mares was previously 1:57.2; it was held by Must Sold Dream, who set it on Nov. 27, 2006, and Flora Dream, who finished in an identical time on Jan. 10, 2011.   Also on the card, trainer Francis Dumouchel had his first win of the year with Twin B Hugs in the eighth.   The Raceway at Western Fair will be back in action on Friday, Mar. 26 with a 4:50 p.m. EST start time for 11 races.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Scene A Magician, The Raceway at Western Fair's reigning aged harness racing Trotter of the Year, took the track's Preferred 3 Trot on Tuesday, Mar. 23 in a gutsy performance.   Driver Greg Dustin tucked the 3-1 shot into third heading for the first turn but wasted no time going for the lead. Dustin pulled him off the inside and vaulted to the lead at the quarter in 28.3. Scene A Magician continued leading through a generous 59.3 half, but Sizzlen Hot Herbie (Natasha Day) pulled first up and hounded the leader to three-quarters in 1:29.   The horses were level as they straightened for home, but Scene A Magician fought unwaveringly at the pylons and proved best in a 1:58.3 half-length victory. Sizzlen Hot Herbie was second, and Super T's (Louis-Philippe Roy) pocket trip amounted to third-place money.       Scene A Magician scored his first of the year in his second start for owner and trainer Jennifer Pinkerton of Mount Brydges. The Daylon Magician seven-year-old gelding has earned more than $230,000 in 83 starts, 17 of which were victories. Dustin also achieved his first win of 2021 with that performance.   Also on the card, trainer Cassidy Schneider's win in the opener with Beef N Cheddar was her first of the season on 16 attempts. Greg Price won on his yearly debut with Wrap And A Hooey in the ninth. Dwain Spitzig broke his yearly maiden in the 10th.   The Raceway at Western Fair will host 11 more races on Wednesday, Mar. 24, beginning at 5:50 p.m. EST.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink    

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