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Friday, April 3, 2020

Like so many others, involved in harness racing, horseman Lorne House was born and raised into the business as well... “Indeed I grew up in it," he says. "My Dad, Mike House, had horses and my Grandfather, Alf Smith, he raced horses too.” It’s now been about 20 years in the business, for House, as a licensed harness trainer and driver in Ontario. His first career training win would come in London, with Fluid Drive, on November 4, 1999… “He was the first horse I ever owned too,” says House. “Don McElroy would have drove him and many...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

“We’re still quite busy, with a stable of 15 horses,” says young horse owner Cassidy Schneider. “The only thing, that’s really changed, is the fact that we don’t race now… We still jog and train them… We’re still doing our thing week in and week out.” Schneider, at just 18 years of age, can almost remember becoming a racehorse owner back in 2007… “I do know it was Arizona Gem,” she says. “He was the first horse in my name, because (at that time) I wasn’t allowed in the paddock - so my dad...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

With a very light schedule of harness racing taking place throughout the world, right now, it was easy to catch up with lifelong harness racing fan and bettor Melissa Keith. A recent winner of the 2019 John Hervey Award (for feature writing) at the Annual Dan Patch Awards - Keith, of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, had been a recent addition to the Bettors' Corner - featured on the Ontario Racing website. Keith’s Friday night in-depth analysis, for The Raceway, was just starting to heat up - when all of a sudden - Ontario harness racing came to a halt due to the corona-virus....

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Foiled Again! He may not have won the 2014 edition of the Molson Pace, at The Raceway, but he would certainly live up to the hype for and in that race - my first 'big race' call in Ontario - after moving from Alberta during the Fall of 2013... This particular race call was going to be a HUGE deal for this small-town guy from P.E.I.! I can remember being very nervous, beforehand, on the day of May 30, 2014. Some big name horses were coming to London - Foiled Again, Apprentice Hanover and State Treasurer - among others... And then the list of drivers, for the big race, was very...

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Here we go... So what does an older racehorse and a younger racehorse owner do with no horse racing currently taking place in Ontario? Right now - it's an easy answer for Putnam's Kelley McNiven... "We ride!" At twenty years of age, McNiven - a student of family studies and psychology at Brescia University - is aiming towards a career in the education field. "My career aspirations always changed as a child," she says. "As much as I love animals, I'm not good with blood so, unfortunately, being a vet was never an option for me." So going forward...

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Here we go... He's a 'behind the scenes kind of guy' at The Raceway, but a very important player on our team - he's Chris Fex - who looks after the production graphics for our race night broadcasts. "I enjoy editing video and had a YouTube channel of my own," says the 34-year-old from London. "Some friends, of mine, knew of The Raceway's production manager Mark McCullough (owner of MMC Productions) and he then got to looking at some of my video work... I ended up applying for a production position in late 2016 and got hired on here in 2017."...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Here we go... With his 'growing up' ties to London and now his 'making a living' life in Sarnia - Raceway horse owner Stewart McQueen has been going to the horse races for as long as he can remember... "My Dad (Jack) loves the horses and we'd go to Orangeville back in the day..." says McQueen. "And please - call me Stew - the only one that calls me Stewart is my Mom and it's usually when I know I'm in trouble," he chuckled. "Dad had horses with trainer Peter Shody years ago and that's likely how I got the bug too," notes McQueen...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Here we go… And here we are catching up with Raceway owner/trainer Stephen ‘Ribsy’ Roberts. Stabled just outside of London, in Melbourne, Roberts says “The green grass can’t come soon enough!” While this unexpected break, from racing, will likely freshen up his ‘busy-type’ horses, he’d still rather be trucking in to the track on race days… “What are you going to do? I’m stabled in Melbourne and living right next door to my horses, so the bills aren’t too bad… Hopefully we’re not away from the races...

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

So here we go - week 1 - no horse racing in Ontario... I, like many of you in the beginning, never thought we'd see this virus affect us all to this point. Leaving The Raceway, last Wednesday night, mentioning over the public address system that we are scheduled to race this coming Friday - my mind was being optimistic, but my gut was saying another thing...  Thursday came and Woodbine Mohawk Park was going to race that night, but they were shutting things down afterwards. That told me we'd likely be doing the same in London, but I waited to hear the official word - rather...

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Caretaker of the Year. This award recognises the unsung heroes of racing – the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. To nominate someone for Caretaker of the Year, please email us with the name of your nominee and a written description of why they deserve to be recognised as Caretaker of the Year. Nominations are due before January 27, 2017. Five finalists will be selected from the nominees, afterwards, public voting will take place in the Raceway's Race Office. The winner will be...

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