"They're off and it is on!" - soon at The Raceway!

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Raceway Ready For October 7th!

So here we go - live horse racing action, at The Raceway, is just around the corner…

It’ll be a Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening schedule for this brand new season of racing at The Raceway, in London, Ontario - with all post times set for 6:15 PM EST.

After spending my summer in Alberta, calling the thoroughbred races at Century Mile, I’m now back in London - preparing for our opening night next Wednesday evening… Century Mile’s signature event is the Canadian Derby - which took place this past Sunday evening - you can read all about a very emotional win here https://thehorses.com/news/thoroughbred/item/3324-real-grace-holds-off-l…. I love working ‘big handle race days’ and was pleased to see an all-time record wager posted at Century Mile on Sunday, September 6th - that $1,361,878 number is the highest bet that’s been seen in Alberta in almost 20 years!

It would be nice to pick up where we left off for wagering in London… Wednesday, March 18th was the last program featured at The Raceway (before the shut-down) where we posted a record handle of $992,536! And although it would have been SWEET to hit that $1M mark - we’ll gladly take coming ever so close to it…

The opening weekend of live racing will feature the ‘glamour boys’ of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Friday, October 9th. It will be their final stop of the season prior to the lucrative OSS Super Finals, which will take place on October 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

On the wagering front, The Raceway will introduce a new Pick-5 wager starting in the first race each night. It will feature a $2,500 guaranteed pool along with a low 15 per cent takeout. If the wager does not produce a winning ticket, a carryover will be in effect.

The caretakers - the people who look after the magnificent horses that race night in and night out - will also be recognized on October 9th as part of the National Caretakers initiative that has been happening at racetracks across the country this season. The Raceway will offer a swag bag for the groom of each winning horse and COSA is offering one $100 HPI card per groom per race to be randomly drawn.

More details on our return to racing can be found here https://standardbredcanada.ca/notices/9-21-20/return-racing-western-fair….

That’s a wrap from this end… “They’re off and it is on!” - soon at The Raceway!

Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle

The Raceway at Western Fair District