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Assisted by a foe's early break, Victoriahasasecret secured her first harness racing win in 17 starts in The Raceway at Western Fair's Mar. 10 feature conditioned trot.   The five-year-old mare assumed the two-hole under orders from Tyler Borth behind Ten Four We Gone (Austin Sorrie). That pocket ride ended sooner than expected as the leader broke stride passing the quarter in 28.3, handing control to Victoriahasasecret. Borth slowed the tempo to the half in 1:00.1 and three-quarters in 1:30.2 before fending off all members but one of a truncated field down the lane.   Laval Titan (Brett Macdonald), Rose Run Unclebuck (Travis Henry), and Mr Arch (Alfie Caroll) all took their shots, but none succeeded as Victoriahasasecret consolidated a one-and-one-quarter length 2:01 win. Laval Titan was best of the rest in second, and Rose Run Unclebuck was close behind in third.       Victoriahasasecret has now won seven races on 51 attempts and earned $64,959 lifetime for owners and breeders Dean and Ashley Wilson of Kerwood. Britt Kennedy trains the five-year-old trotting mare by Holiday Road. The horse paid $21.20 to win as the second-longest shot on the board.   Kennedy attained her training first win of 2021 in that race. Donnie Rankin also accomplished that feat with Racebytheseaside in the sixth, as did Bruce Richardson in the ninth with Pollar Hall and Bruce Goit with Bet The Limit in the 10th.   The Raceway is set to return on Friday, Mar. 9 with 11 races starting at 6:30 p.m. EST.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Harness racing driver Tyler Borth concluded his three-win night with a second-over trip and three-wide move to win the Raceway at Western Fair Tuesday feature.   Borth and his drive Homey Joe started last, avoiding a battle royale for the early lead. They held second-over cover for half of the mile before they made a sweeping move on the turn and had sufficient pace down the lane to take the Preferred 3 dash.   The three inside starters, Maximus Power, Jake Loewen, and Adore Him all desperately wanted the early lead and fought for it side-by-side through the first turn. Jake Loewen won the battle, eventually clearing to the front in a quick 27.3 first quarter. Maximus Power accepted the pocket, and Adore Him backed off into the three-hole. Mr Mach Jimmy moved first-up immediately following the duel and Homey Joe followed him into the outside flow.   Jake Loewen continued leading to the half in 57.4, setting a more reasonable second quarter. He held Mr Mach Jimmy to a length behind through the third quarter in 1:27.2, but those two were met by a three-wide Homey Joe turning for home. Jake Loewen and Mr Mach Jimmy drew level in mid-stretch, but Homey Joe flew by on the outside with a 1/16th of a mile left, winning by a length and three quarters. Mr Mach Jimmy did get past to finish second and Jake Loewen was game in third.   Homey Joe took his 16th lifetime victory and added the winner's share of an $8,500 purse to his earnings of $152,838 for owners Mark Macquarrie and Angus Mac Quarrie. Macquarrie trains the seven-year-old pacing horse by Hes Gorgeous.   The Raceway will continue racing tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 23) with a 10-race card starting at 5:50 p.m.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

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   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park

Dresden Raceway will be kicking off the 2018 harness racing season this Sunday with a 10-race card. Ontario’s Little Saratoga has been racing for over 140 years and has 11 race dates for the 2018 season starting this weekend and ending on Civic Holiday Monday. “We are looking forward to another great year,” track announcer Gary Patterson said in a media release. “Our handles have increased consistently over the last three seasons and we are looking for more of the same this year.” Harness fans from all over can watch and wager on Dresden Raceway through HPI. The driver’s colony at Dresden hasn’t changed from last year with Tyler Borth, Garrett Rooney, Lorne House, Nick Steward and Donnie Rankin as the base drivers. Rooney was the leading dash driver last year at Dresden. The feature race is the fifth race which will offer up N/W $15,000 Lifetime for a purse of $4,600. Opening Day will feature many giveaways as prizes will be up for grabs including a $25 gift package from McDonalds, a $25 gift package from Shopper’s Drug Mart in Wallaceburg, $25 Tim Horton’s Package, a voucher from the track kitchen as well as a pizza from Mario’s Pizza in Dresden. Thamesville Home Hardware has donated a BBQ that will be given away on the last race date to one luck patron through a ballot draw that will be open all season long. Post Time is slated for 1:30pm Sunday. Reprinted with permission from the

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway staged its final race night of the 48-day harness racing meet on September 29. Despite fewer races and fewer cards, the average bet per race jumped 17.8 percent in 2014 compared to 2013. Total wagering on Grand River Raceway is up 6.7 percent from just under $6.5 million in 2013 to $6.9 million this year, based on the first 48 race dates of 2013. Leona Ruddock of Kitchener, ON was the grand prize winner in the finale of the track's handicapping contest. The Grand River regular beat 109 fellow handicappers to claim a spot in the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship at The Meadowlands Racetrack in April 2015. Ruddock scored a bankroll of $92.90 with hypothetical $2 win and place bets on races two through seven. A 23-1 whopper in race six solidified Ruddock's win when trotter Lady Is A Pirate and Tyler Borth lit up the toteboard with a three-quarter length score in a new season's best of 2:00.2. Finishing second through fifth in the contest and winning a $50 HorsePlayer Interactive cash card were John Dametto, Stuart Perry, Thomas Lane and Larry Lougheed. Live racing returns to Grand River Raceway on June 1, 2015. Kelly Spencer

Trainer Keith Cullen enjoyed a perfect night at the the track on Saturday with his starters going three-for-three during Hiawatha Horse Park's 10-race card. Cullen's trainees won three straight races mid-card using the same racing strategy. Royal Sir ($9.60) kicked off the stable streak winning the fourth race for $3,000 claiming colts and geldings in 1:56 with Jeff Mayhew working out the winning pocket trip. In the next race, Marvelous Mario ($4.20) and Tyler Borth prevailed in 1:54 off a pocket trip of their own, although the pacer was claimed from Cullen for $6,000 in the race. Coffee Black ($6) also converted off a two-hole trip to win the following $4,000 claiming trot in 2:00.2 with Alfie Carroll aboard. To view the rest of this story click here.

Harness racing driver Tyler Borth is only 21 and aside from driving Tyler trains horses and is in the transition of taking over the family business from his dad (Bill Borth), which comprises of a farm and a stable of horses. "He's been very successful in the business" says Tyler. "My dad is getting older and ready to retire so he's handing everything over to me. Some young trainers have their horses at training centers where I fortunate to have my horses at my dad's farm which saves a lot of money." "My dad is a very good blacksmith... he takes his time and gets a nice healthy foot on a horse. They stay sound longer because they have a nice platform they can land on." Tyler adds how much his dad helps with his quality work. "I recently had an Olympus Hanover horse I bought at the mixed sale and he had some bad feet. I gave him some time off and then qualified him and he only missed the top three a couple of times. I think he made $13,000 and then got claimed for $9,750 plus tax." "I haven't been a bookkeeper before, but I am getting better." Tyler says with a laugh. "I am starting to watch my money more... especially since my dad is putting is business over to me." "My dad was never huge in the business but he always dug down and worked harder. Now he's at an age where he's 65 and retiring." "He still shoes them all" notes Tyler. "He's a very good blacksmith and that's why we've had success. We only have trotters and we go to sales looking for horses with bad feet because my dad can fix that, especially a young trotter whose feet are hurting." Tyler is also taking over responsibility for the breeding on the family farm. "My dad's always had the odd broodmare, he had a good horse named Yentls Image and that was probably my dad's best horse and he ended up standing stud." The first horse Tyler owned was a mare named Lucrative Lady. Tyler with his dad bought her as a 3-year-old for $1,400 and Lucrative Lady went on to garner over $55,000 in purse winnings over three years. "She's retired here and just had a Majestic Son colt last week." Tyler says. "He's actually out in the field with her right now." Under Tyler's care are three race horses plus two 2-year-olds that are both gelded. "We are big believers that we turn out all our horses together and especially if they do not have the breeding to be a world champion. Plus they're a lot calmer to deal with." Would Tyler get into shoeing once his dad was fully out of the game, shoeing is something which Tyler was never really interested in. "Shoeing is very very important and that is what has helped my dad in life. Yes I should learn it" says Tyler "but I never found it interesting. I would like to be a fulltime catch driver and always own horses." That is why whenever Tyler is watching harness racing which he does as often as possible; he is always constantly assessing what the top drivers are doing. Especially with horses at longer odds, Tyler really enjoys seeing how a top driver can help a horse exceed expectations. His mom is Karen Sparling and his brother is fellow harness driver Robert Sparling Jr. "We always cheer for one another" when asked if Tyler has a brotherly rival with Robert. "I always expect him to do better than me because he's been doing it a lot longer." Right now Tyler only drives at The Raceway at Western Fair, (London, ON) and in the summer months Tyler usually heads to Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, ON to compete. Something rare that happened to Tyler was driving General Manager in a time of 1:56:3 and finishing in a dead heat as winner at Hiawatha Horse Park. And the other horse in the dead heat? It was Jmpridesmrtypants driven by Tyler's brother Robert Sparling Jr. and the finishing time were new lifetime bests! What are the odds of a dead heat finish with your brother and setting a record doing so? "What makes feel the happiest at the track is when I know I did my best job every race I was in. I drove smart a left a little in the horse for next week. " Tyler adds he feels bad when he doesn't finish well with a favorite, whether he got locked or was parked Tyler feels disappointed in himself. "I do my best and always try to leave enough so the horse can race next week. I do my best to drive smart." "I've been into horses since I was a kid" says Tyler. "Ask anyone in the business and they love it, it's a bug you catch and I've had it since I was a little kid.... I'd get off the school bus at my mom's and then call my dad to pick me up so I can help him with the horses all the time." "When I get up in the morning I can be in the barn all day, I love it." Tyler says. Tyler is a true outdoorsman as he enjoys hunting deer with his crossbow and going out on his four wheeler with his buddies. It's all about being outdoors soaking in all nature has to offer. Tyler is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, so we know he hasn't been watching much hockey this spring. However Tyler adds he's always smiling! "I don't like going to the track and being pouty or in a bad mood. I think when you're happy, things go a lot smoother." "I am at a pretty good spot in my life right now." Tyler adds, "My dad is very supportive of me, my mom is very supportive of me and I've never had to worry thanks to them." Somebeachsomewhere is Tyler's all time favorite horse and believes had he come back and raced as an older horse, Somebeachsomewhere could have won in 1:45. In regards to which current horse he favors, that horse is Foiled Again. "What a warrior" says Tyler about foiled Again. By: Roderick Balgobin   Twitter: ScSupernova  

The trip was sweet and the end result was even sweeter for Kendal Gustav who erupted for a 22-1 upset in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 for pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Lorne House carved out a second over trip for Kendal Gustav in the featured event, and the gelding did the rest en route to an easy score in the eight-horse affair. Kendal Gustav got away fifth before slipping to the outside and grabbing cover for the back-half of the contest. Clic K steamrolled through solid panels of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:26 before coming to a walk by the time the field turned for home. Smokin Bear was first-over and driving at that leader in the final half of the mile, and hot on hisheels was the eventual winner. Kendal Gustav kicked home in :30 en route to winning by 2-1/2 lengths over Rays San in 1:56.2. Smokin Bear managed to hold on for third prize. Trainer Scott McNiven co-owns the five-year-old son of Life Sign-City Of Dreams with Tom Brodhurst and Shirley Griffin, and collectively they’ve watched the gelding racked up 19 lifetime wins while stashing away close to $130,000 in career earnings. Just two races earlier it was Slots Of Fun turning in a front-stepping score in the $7,350 Preferred 3 for horse and gelding pacers. Driver/co-owner Alfie Carroll hustled the six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear-High Pressure through panels of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:29.2 before sprinting home in :29.3 to win by a half-length margin over Leafs And Wings in 1:59. Stoney Durkin, who was eighth at the head of the lane, came on strong to finish third. Richard Carroll trains the 18-time winner, who is now 2-for-3 this season. He boosted his overall cash stash to $115,223 with the win. Savthelstdancforme captured the $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters for the second week in-a-row, and he did so with authority for catch-driver Tyler Borth. The eight-year-old son of Striking Sahbra-Iam Worthy Too chopped out fractions of :29.2, 1:00.2 and 1:30 before coasting home in :30.3 to win by three lengths over Windsun Fireball in 2:00.3. Sonny Vale came first-over and finished a distant third. Ashley Duford trains the 14-time winner for Dennis Duford of Dresden, Ontario. The trotter has managed to bank $122,887 to date. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by

Harness racing driver Tyler Borth celebrated his first driving victory on Friday at The Raceway at The Western Fair District when he guided Region Hall to a narrow victory in the evening's third race.

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