On this day 9 of 12 races would feature the following leading drivers…
Race 1 - Cindy Ley (Gale), off a pocket ride, would win this trot for owners Fred and Terry Heatherley in 2:05. Garmor Dexter (Wall), the longest shot on the board, made a break at the start and still managed a second-best showing. B A Speedstick (Brown) was third.
Race 2 - Bethel Park (Moiseyev), from off the pace, won for Joyce and George Dipierdomenico in a 2:01 life best. Sir Rockalot (Wall) closed for the deuce and pacesetter Thisbluesforyou (O’Donnell) stayed on for third.
Race 3 - Domino Star (Wall) took on all challengers, winning as the fave, for Carmine Elia in 2:01.3. Dreamfair Shadow (Moiseyev) was up for second and Rock N Jim (Gale) took the show dough.
Race 5 - R D R D (O’Donnell), with a grinding effort, upset them here for Alan and John Wolosinovsky taking a new mark of 2:03.1. Heavy fave Devon Phantom (Brown) was right there in second and Lighthouse Flash (Moiseyev) finished third.
Race 6 - Brigabarney (Gale) would circle them here for owner Wayne Jackson winning in 2:01. Maybe Pumpin (Wall) closed up for second - with longshot Young Harbour (Fahy) in for third.
Race 7 - Maysha (Brown), with a rail advantage, led from start to finish here for Murray Milliagn and Sven Hansen in 2:00.4. Soundsgoodtome (Gale) just missed as the longest shot - with Dreamers Shadow (Moiseyev) in third.
Race 9 - Eponas Prince (Moiseyev) got up late - winning off a pocket ride in 2:00.4 for Dr. James Brown. The pacesetter Lada Heart (Waples) held second over Sensational Spring (Wall).
Race 10 - Dell Ridge Fella (McNichol) tripped out to win this three-way thriller in 1:59.3 for Richard Fraleigh. Bando Roger (Wall) and Everybody Hate Me (Gale) were together for second and third - only a neck behind the winner.
Race 11 - Park Mansion (Fahy) paced away to win by 5 here in 1:59.1 for Gary Polillo and Francis McNeil. Coal Digger (McNichol) stayed for second and Red Woman (Brown) finished third.
In the end hometown fave Dave Wall would finish with the highest point total to win the Challenge over Mickey McNichol. Bill Gale and Jack Moiseyev tied for third - then came Doug Brown, Bill Fahy, Bill O’Donnell and Ron Waples.
Other winners on the day included… Briscoal Dol (Greg Campbell), for Dan Salhani, trotting in 2:06.1 - over Dee Button and Camp Queens Glory… Witsends Cheer (Dave Wall) took the ‘Top Class’ in 1:58.3 for Susan Ouelett and Joyce Danko - winning over Glendale Freedom and Welkin Rouge… Innisfree Jim (Ron Waples) would win the finale in 2:02.3, for Alan and Monica Porter, over Remsheg Sharlu and Clark Seelster.
Total wager on the day was $161,152.
Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle
The Raceway at Western Fair District