Come Monday, October 4th - the start of a brand-new race meet at The Raceway - it will have been 6 full months since a pari-mutuel race was conducted in London… Friday, April 2nd was our final race card prior to another shut-down - due to the pandemic. No other track, in North America, has lost more race dates - due to the pandemic - than The Raceway at Western Fair District.
We’ve actually been dark (no racing) 14 of the last 18 months and it’s mind boggling, but we’ll aim to pick up where we left off and maintain our spot, behind Woodbine Mohawk Park, as the number two harness track, for wagering, in Canada.
LETSTAKETOTHESKY, owned by Ben and trainer Dave Holliday, would pocket-ride to victory in a 1-1/16M trotting event - with Anthony Haughan aboard - to win the finale back on that April 2nd race date. The total handle for the 10-race card was $507,129 - well above what most other Canadian half-milers handle on a regular basis.
Congratulations go out to Raceway regular’s Lorne House and Garrett Rooney on celebrating their 1,000th career driving victories recently. We’ll keep an eye out for the veteran Ross Battin as he approaches driving win number 5,000 - he currently sits at 4,998.
Our new Racing Manager, Tony Elliott, reports that there will be a purse increase for the upcoming race meet. “Each class will see an increase from purse money that has accumulated due to canceled race dates over the last 2 racing seasons.”
Conditions sheets are now available for opening week at The Raceway - you can find them at www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/conditions.
There will also be qualifiers held this coming Thursday morning at 11 AM - horse people must enter, for them, by Tuesday.
Just one week away - here we go!
Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle
The Raceway at Western Fair District