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Monday, April 27, 2020

In 1998 the signature event at Western Fair Raceway was known as the Molson Export Invitational going for a purse of $25,000. It would be raced on the final Friday of May - a warm 26C night with fast track conditions.  Programmed as Race 9 on the card - a select field of 8 top class pacers got the invite with 7 starters visiting from Mohawk and 1 shipping in from Montreal... 1. JUMP UP (Keith Oliver - Gregg McNair) 5/1 2. OOHS N AAHS (Clint Warrington Jr. - Gerald Dinelle) 3/1 3. EMERY FLIGHT (Keith Waples - Keith Waples) 1/1 4. ANY EXCUSE (Dennis Morrissey - Dan Morrissey...

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Ontario horseman Mark Horner has remained busy during this downtime from racing… A past chair of Standardbred Canada - he says there’s still lots to do around the farm. “Maintaining the track at home here - that work never stops… Plus I’ve got 9 babies training and the race horses have been getting their work in too…” Horner mentions that he’s looking forward to the sophomore season of Quick Tour… “He’s coming along nice and he’s paid up to the NA Cup. He didn’t draw all that well last year, but he stilled...

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Key wagers, at The Raceway, have been the Early PICK 3, the PICK 4's and SUPER HI-5 plays... Each month, throughout the race meet, the average pools and 20-cent pays are calculated. The following numbers are based on all race programs held from Friday, October 4, 2019 up to (and including) Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Thanks to all that have supported and played The Raceway this season!   Highest Pools on RACE MEET Early PICK 3 - $21,798 - March 18, 2020 (*Record Pool) PICK 4 - $37,375 - March 18, 2020 (*Record Pool) SUPER HI-5 - $45,404 - January 3, 2020...

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

When we last raced at The Raceway - we did so without fans, spectators and horseplayers on track, but they were still with us - cheering, watching and playing - somewhere... Whether it was through HPI, TVG, an OTB or tuning in online for our live video feed - we've always appreciated the strong presence of our off-track crowd.  Meet one of our biggest off-track racing fans Andrew Herpy, 53, of Dayton, Ohio… First introduced to thoroughbred racing, as a child, he really enjoyed those majestic animals, but he quickly fell in love with harness racing because those horses raced...

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

This week I noticed - what appeared to be - a rare piece of Rambling Willie racing memorabilia online. From a Twitter post, belonging to Allan Rusty Vorhees @RustyVorhees, a photo reveals a program page that shows Rambling Willie was involved in an uncharted race, as a two-year-old, at the Mercer County Harness Horsemen's Association Matinee, in Ohio, on Mother's Day of 1972. He'd finish last, in a field of five, with the race won by another two-year-old colt in Quick N Steady. The winning mile time was 2:23.1 with two-year-old filly's Winter Green, Abbey Rose Bud and Monte...

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Monday, April 13, 2020

There was a time in the 1980s and early nineties that the name of William (Bud) Fritz was synonymous with harness racing in Ontario. The Fritz stable came as close to dominating the province’s sires stakes program as any single operation ever has. - The Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame Enter granddaughter Monica Fritz of Walkerton, Ontario. She’s a 22-year-old student getting set to graduate from the University of Guelph with a degree in Animal Biology. She says her next step in education is ‘hopefully’ vet school. “That’s what I’m aiming for...

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

So we’ve been doing some ‘people stories’ over the last few weeks here and a question that I’ve thrown out there, for some, has been ‘What is your earliest memory of The Raceway?’. So I got to thinking about that question for myself… And it’s really not that long ago, but it is before ‘my time’ at The Raceway. He was 'The Beast from the East' and that would be Firms Phantom who, at the time, had matched the longest win streak (28 in a row) for a pacer in harness racing history... *Cam Fella (The Pacing Machine) would...

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Harness horse people stabled at Dorchester Downs Training Center, just outside of London, were the recipients of a tremendous act of generosity this month. Joe and Judy Elliott, along with their son Sam, are the owners and operators of the training center, located on the Eaton Road, in Dorchester and recently Joe held an on-site meeting for those that are stabled there - to go over some of the new ‘ground rules’ that coincide with the ongoing coronavirus. “Joe went around to everyone and he wanted us all to be at this meeting,” says lifelong horseman Laurie Bako...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

She may just be 15, but Gracie Mae Barr has always had a thing for the horses. This young Thamesford, Ontario miss grew up watching both of her parents, Scott and Bethany, work in the business of harness racing. “There is no chance that I wasn’t going to be into the horses,” states Barr. “My parents are into harness racing - my Dad trained full time and my Mom works the London Selected Yearling Sale... The day I was born (March 8, 2005) my Dad raced two horses, Coyote Sam and Future Honey, at Western Fair Raceway and they both won! For me - I think it’s just...

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Michigan’s David Omicioli, owner of the good race mare Turbo Diva, reached out to us recently after reading up on some people stories at The Raceway. “We’re also on lockdown,” reports Omicioli. “Hopefully we see a vaccine developed soon for this coronavirus... I miss my horses and I miss hanging out at the racetracks…” Turbo Diva raced in London for trainer Tim Myers and now finds herself stabled in Hamburg, New York. “She was able to race one time at Buffalo Raceway (a fourth-best finish on March 11) before that track closed,”...

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