The Fiddling Horse
Right out of the blue - a few months back - I was messaged by film director C.J. Wallis... "Hello there! I'm doing a comedy film about horse racing and was looking for an announcer to help us with a few voice overs - calling horse races... Would you be interested by chance?"
It didn't take me long to message back and hop on board for this 2019 film titled 'The Fiddling Horse'... It's a dark comedy about a woman, named Leslie Heart, who inherits a horse and - in an attempt to elevate her failing status within her high society circle - trains it to race while secretly executing a long-con with an ex-celebrity jockey.
I just finished up the final voice work, for the film, before our Mother's Day matinee race card, at The Raceway, last Sunday... Happy to report that I was able to throw in a few old horse names from back in the day around Maritime racetracks. I'm sure some may recognize the name Hurricane Pine? He was a big chestnut pacer (campaigned by Boyd MacDonald) that my Mom and I would split a show bet on - when I first started going to the races with her forty years ago.
"When you bet a place or show ticket on Boyd MacDonald you almost always win," my Mom (Frances) would say... "But they don't pay too much, because he's usually the favourite..."
Camluck Classic Back To Friday
The biggest race of the season, at The Raceway in London, is the $150,000 Camluck Classic and it's back to a Friday night on May 31st. "We're hoping the switch back to Friday will boost our on-track crowd," said the track's Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "We tried a Saturday night last season and it just didn't seem to resonate with people."
The race itself has attracted Sintra - currently undefeated, in 2019, with seven wins against the best there is at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We've eyed him up, for our big race, the last few seasons," reports Blanchard. "We're very excited to see him return to where he set a track record as a three-year-old (1:52.4 in 2016)."
Southwind Amazon, the Ohio invader, is set for his return to The Raceway as well. "He was in a stake race, here, at three and now at age nine - he's become a half-mile track specialist," states Blanchard. "He just got nipped in his latest, over Northfield Park, in 1:49.4 and with him being a son of Camluck - the choice was easy to send an invite."
And maybe Mcwicked? "There's a possibility he may come," Blanchard says. "With a few nice qualifiers under his belt - he's set to return Saturday against Sintra. We'll know more following this weekend... If we can land him - that'll be major star-power!"
Ideal Jimmy will make the trip to London for trainer Erv Miller... "He was very good in the Levy Series at Yonkers," mentions Blanchard. "It looks like he's a top-tier half-miler in North America - especially after his eye-popping win over Yonkers, last weekend, in 1:51.1... It's shaping up to be a great race so far!"
James MacDonald Gets Win 2,000
James MacDonald began driving in 2009 - winning his first race (his third start in the bike) aboard Tougher Than Tough during Charlottetown's Old Home Week... Just two years later - he was winning 247 races and banking almost $2M in purse earnings - racing in Ontario. It would be a very quick rise to fame - following in the footsteps of his older brother's Mark and Anthony.
MacDonald, 33, appears to be in fine form heading to the 2019 World Driving Championships in Sweden. He'll be there as the defending champion after winning the 2017 event on home soil. Best of luck James!