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Friday, July 24, 2020

Calling all crafters, artists and DIYers! This year’s virtual Creative Arts competition for the 2020 Virtual Western Fair is open, and we can’t wait to see your submissions. While we’d love to have you at our physical Fair, the Covid-19 cloud rained on that parade, so we’ve gone online. Over the summer, be sure to stay tuned for our weekly reminders and summer contests! While you are at it, check out 5 of our reasons that you should submit an item for this year’s virtual competition. SEE ALL CATEGORIES HERE   REASON #1: NO ENTRY FEES! That...

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Calling all crafters, artists and DIYers! This year’s virtual Creative Arts competition for the 2020 Virtual Western Fair is open, and we can’t wait to see your submissions. While we’d love to have you at our physical Fair, the Covid-19 cloud rained on that parade, so we’ve gone online. Over the summer, be sure to stay tuned for our weekly reminders and summer contests! While you are at it, check out 5 of our reasons that you should submit an item for this year’s virtual competition. SEE ALL CATEGORIES HERE   REASON #1: NO ENTRY FEES! That...

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ontario harness racing returns this weekend with 7 race programs taking place, over Friday & Saturday, at 6 different tracks. The last 2 harness tracks to race, in Ontario, were Woodbine Mohawk Park (a Premier track) on Thursday, March 19 - with a total wager of $1,879,809 over 10 races and The Raceway at Western Fair District (a Signature track) on Wednesday, March 18 - with a total wager of $992,517 over 11 races. It will be interesting to see how the wagering numbers continue as tracks will proceed to race without spectators - as was the case back in March. Here we go then - I...

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Monday, June 1, 2020

New Looks At Hanover For 2020 A changing of the guard at Hanover Raceway, for 2020, will see Steve Fitzsimmons looking after the General Manager duties - while Tony Elliott will assume the Assistant to the General Manager role. “It’s pretty much the role I was looking for,” says Elliott. “This puts me in line for what I’m aiming for in my career… I’m looking forward to getting some experience in both the marketing and managing sides of the horse racing business.” Elliott was a familiar face around The Raceway, in London, this past race...

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

This would have been it... The end of our race meet, at The Raceway, would have concluded with our signature event - the Camluck Classic - on Friday, May 29... With our race meet ending, back in mid-March, due to the pandemic - I could be a little rusty, but I'm in to go - for a pair of race calls on some virtual harness racing action this weekend. Hope you can join us! The U.S. Trotting Association, in conjunction with Off And Pacing, continues their series of simulated stakes races on Friday (May 29) with the virtual Camluck Classic from The Raceway at Western Fair District...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

5 Reasons to Buy a Ticket to This Year's BYOB Virtual Beer & BBQ Show  The summer season is upon us, which gets us thinking of warm days, cool drinks, great flavours and connecting with friends. Sadly, due to on-going restrictions with the Covid-19 virus, we are unable to share all those things with each other in person. However, we have come up with an alternative solution and are excited to welcome you and your friends to our first ever virtual Beer & BBQ Show. WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND? SEE FIVE GREAT REASONS BELOW:  Profits from ticket sales for the event are...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

“I really never saw myself broadcasting,” says Michigan native Jessica Otten. “When I was younger I always wanted to be a teacher… Why? I have no idea…” Now 23 and living in Hightstown, New Jersey, this third-generation horse person has gone from living on a farm to living in a town - which she says has been a big adjustment, but she does live close to quite a few training centers which helps. “I've always loved the horses,” she says. “They’ve been such a huge part of my life ever since I was a baby. When I got my driver...

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

#LouKnows Chimes In On Racing “There’s a chance the time off may not be as kind to the horses that were sharp before this break,” says Lou Sorella aka #LouKnows - a horse owner and guest handicapper at The Raceway. “The horses that were in need of some time off certainly got a well-deserved rest, but I think when we come back - it’ll be a pretty level playing field for everyone… Here’s hoping everyone follows the guidelines that will keep us safe and racing for the remainder of this 2020 season and beyond.” Sorella teamed up with Chatham...

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Here they come! It’s almost post time for a harness race in North America... It’s been way too long! Going behind the gate first will be Scioto Downs (Columbus, OH) this Friday, May 22, with a Race 1 post time of 6:30 ET - without spectators... One of my favourite half-milers - Northfield Park (Cleveland, OH) - will start back on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00 ET - again without spectators. It’s the new horse racing world we’ll be living in for the months ahead - live racing without spectators… Here’s wishing all the tracks, returning to action, the best...

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Friday, May 15, 2020

A little trivia here… What free-legged pacer once had the nickname ‘Recall Hanover’ - among horse people - around the B-tracks of Ontario? Keep reading along for the answer... I spotted a beautiful photo of a veteran racehorse, on Facebook, this past week and then reached out to his owner Jansen Sweet to talk about this former Ontario pacer - now getting set for his 13-year-old racing season in Prince Edward Island. Shiftyn Georgie (Rambaran-Paradigm Shift-Camluck) was bred by Ailsa Craig’s Rick Heamen and he’d make his first career start back on...

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