Hey there month of April - there’s the door - don’t let it hit you on the way out!
So in to May we go, with Ontario racing still on ‘pause’, as horse racing rolls on south of the border… Top Canadian drivers Doug McNair, Bob McClure and Louie Philippe Roy all made their way state-side last week and it didn’t take long for them to show up in the winner’s circle.
- McNair would guide Betsea to a pocket-riding win, over Harrah’s Philadelphia, last Friday afternoon - his first drive there - paying $5.40 to win. He’d win another that night, at the Big M, with longshot Rock N Blue ($23.40).
- McClure had the highly-touted Mycrownmykingdom ($6.80) on top all the way to win, on Friday night, at The Big M. The 3YO (Muscle Hill - Beehive - Balanced Image) trotter broke his maiden in 1:55.2 - a very impressive score for Determination and trainer Luc Blais.
- Roy has been driving at Indian’s Hoosier Park. He’d win his first 2 starts, there, aboard I’vegotagirlcrush ($20.80) and Pauly Wally ($7.60) last Friday night. He’ll look to remain busy, in the bike, on their Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat evening schedule going forward.
*McNair had 43 drives (April 23-27) making him the busiest of the bunch this past week.
Ontario Horses Show Up In Truro, N.S.
Many horses have now shipped south of the border and some have even made their way back east as well. Truro Raceway began their 2021 racing season this past Sunday afternoon - making them the only horse racing track, in Canada, currently operating. A number of horses - whose last starts were here, in Ontario, prior to the lockdown - are now racing in Truro - many under new ownership…
Cliff Drummond - who’d race almost exclusively at Rideau Carlton since 2010 - would win his Maritime debut for new connections in 1:59.1. Black Elektra (3rd) and Puddin Pie (5th) were in the same race.
Wind Blown won his Maritime debut, as a heavy race favourite, in 1:56.3 (final quarter 28.1).
It would be the ‘Ontario-Trifecta’ in Race 7 as Imalookertoo, Don’t Ask Logan and American Risk finished 1-2-3…
The finale would see Press Time finish well back in seventh.
Truro Raceway is in Nova Scotia - now under a province-wide lockdown which began on Wednesday, April 28. Their second program, of the season, is scheduled to go this coming Sunday afternoon.
Right About Now
Right about now our Raceway team would be putting together our list of possible starters for the Camluck Classic.
This Is The Plan was a dominant winner of the Borgata Series Final, at Yonkers, for trainer Ron Burke. Burke has always been a great supporter of our signature event sending the likes of Foiled Again, All Bets Off and Rockin Ron up over the years. This Is The Plan would have been a welcome sight here on May 28!
Sintra was a recent winner at The Big M. After missing some time he’d fire home in 26.3 to win last Saturday’s top class event in 1:48.4 for his Ontario ownership group. Sintra still holds the 3YO gelding track pacing record of 1:52.4, in London, from back in 2016.
2020 Somebeachsomewhere ’Horse of the Year’ Century Farroh is set to return for his 2021 racing season, but it will be in Ohio. Trainer Ian Moore - another wonderful supporter, of our big race, winning it three times with State Treasurer - has mentioned that he might have had his star pacers Tattoo Artist and Century Farroh pointed towards the Confederation Cup and Camluck Classic.
And how about old Southwind Amazon winning his fifth in a row over Northfield Park’s best, in 1:50.4, this past Sunday. The 11YO son of Camluck now has 105 wins and almost $1.2M banked - the hard way - throughout his long-lasting career that began here in Ontario.
Just a few nice horses that may have made their way to London in four weeks time. The ‘pause’ continues…
Camluck Classic Cancelled www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/4-22-21/camluck-classic-cancelled.html
Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle
The Raceway at Western Fair District