If you’ve been around Truro Raceway in recent weeks, you will have noticed the upbeat atmosphere, the bigger crowds for both regular cards of racing and especially for the baby races and a stronger pari-mutual handle all indicators that Truro Raceway is much healthier today than anytime in the past decade.
In addition, Truro recently formed its own fractional ownership group called The Hubtown Ownership Group and they enjoyed success on the Friday, June 21 card as Larjon Lachlan stepped to victory in 1:59:2 for trainer George Rennison and driver Marc Campbell. The other Hubtown purchase Well Did finished 5th for trainer-driver Paul Langille.
Carl & Marg MacKenzie Stake Races, Red Dirt Fastest
The Carl & Marg MacKenzie Stake race started in the 4th race of the Friday, June 21 card with a purse of $7467 & the 1st division winner went to Red Dirt Rocknroll in 1:58.1, fastest stake time of the evening, for driver David Dowling & trainer Lenny Myers. Lenny co-owns Red Dirt Rocknroll with Jack Quinn of Charlottetown, PEI. Elm Grove Nellie (3 year old filly) won the 2nd division of The Carl &Marg MacKenzie Stake as Dale Spence drove Elm Grove Nellie in 1:58.3 for trainer Joe Baxter. Notorious won the 3rd division of The Carl & Marg MacKenzie Stake in 1:58.3 for trainer/driver Marc Campbell. Arc Light won the 4th division of The Carl & Marg MacKenzie in 2:00 flat for Gilles Barrieau and trainer Marc Campbell.
Mr. Nixon was the first race winner for trainer Paul Langille and driver, Darren Crowe. Mr. Nixon made an early miscue, settled and then was victorious in 2:01.1. Mr. Nixon is owned by Blake Wells of Salmon River, NS. Always Reese was the 2nd race winner for trainer George Rennison and driver David Dowling. Sock It To Em won the 3rd race for Kenny Parker Jr. George Rennison's Electric Syl won the 5th race with Gilles Barrieau in the bike in 2:00.4. Dale Spence drove Elm Grove Nellie in 1:58.3 for trainer Joe Baxter. Wayne Whebby's Atlantis (Well Said 3 year old gelding) won the 7th race in 1:59 flat for driver Marc Whebby & trainer Emmons MacKay. Larjon Lachlan won the top class ($1675) in 1:59.2 with Marc Campbell in the bike for trainer George Rennison. Larjon Lachlan is owned by the Hubtown Horse Owners' Club. Congrats to all of the new connections on your first win! Good job George! Lo Lo Lo Logan won the go-home pace with Darren Crowe in the bike for trainer Dave Settle. David Dowling scored 3 victories on tonight's card. Way to go David! Keep up the great driving! Gilles Barrieau, Marc Campbell and Darren Crowe had two wins each - great job guys! Total Wager on tonight's card was... $21, 125 for 12 races. Not bad at all!
Golf Tournament AGCW
Friday, July 19th is the golf tournament via Truro Raceway for Atlantic Grand Circuit Week (AGCW). The tee off time is at 9am (shot gun start). We are very happy to have Arnold Hagen from Truro/Bible Hill Home Hardware sponsor the "hot breakfast" this year at 7:15am. The breakfast in the early morning and the steak BBQ afterward will both be held at The Truro Horsemen's Club. Prices are $85.00 for members & $55 for non-members. We have two divisions: a men's division and a mixed division (must have two ladies). Teams of 4 or 5 players are accepted. The locatin is the East Mountain Golf Course. Cart fees are separate; so, please call the golf club to book your own carts... @ (902) 893-2841. Please contact Tammy MacKay ASAP to register a team @ (902) 986-8475.
Quote of the Week:
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" (Jimmy Dean).
For the Post Calls by Elaine Slaunewhite
On Friday June 14th, the new Hubtown Horse Owner’s Club at Truro Raceway held an information session for its members. Bob Collette, the Hubtown Horse Club Ambassador, Kelly Cameron MacEachen, Manager of Truro Raceway, and Tammy MacKay, Standardbred owner and driver/trainer, at Truro Raceway, introduced those in attendance to reading a program, how to bet, finding information on StandardbredCanada.ca and the Club’s Facebook group. The members were then able to tour the stable and paddock area, and watch their horses, Larjon Lachlan, trained by George Rennison, and Well Did, trained by Paul Langille, both qualify in 1:58.4.
Big Crowd for Baby Races, Hubtown Community Day
Truro Raceway along with the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association held its 1stAnnual Hubtown Community Day on June 23rd. Organizers, participants and horsemen/women couldn’t be more pleased with the attendance, and success of the event. Everyone involved and attending were all very enthusiastic, supportive and excited throughout the day. Truro Raceway’s horsemen/women kept the racing surface busy throughout the day with 2 year baby race qualifiers, matinee races and two seater jog cart rides.
There were four dashes of 2 year old qualifiers. Harry G, a Rollwithitharry colt out of Chris n Tel Arrow, started the qualifiers off winning in 2:05 for Driver/Trainer Paul Langille for Arleen, Christina and Chantel Gillis. The second dash went to Steve Morton’s filly, It Took A Village, by Carnivore out of Village Bound in 2:07.1 for Trainer/Driver Dave Carey. Lisa Marie Leblanc’s filly, Chania Twain won the third dash for Trainer/Driver Bernard McCallum in 2:07. Chania Twain is a Rollwithitharry out of Chanas Lucky Three. Bruce McGean‘s Mach Three Colt, out of Boy Meets Girl, Mochaholic, won the fourth dash in 2:04. Bruce drives and trains the colt and is co-owner along with Scoot Davidson of Waterloo, Ontario. The final dash brought Doug Polley Jr. to the winners circle with Wind Blown, a Mach Three colt out of Wind Warning; he co-owns with his father, Doug Polley Sr. and trained by Bernard McCallum. Wind Blown had a successful mile in 2:02-2, pacing his last quarter in 28.3. A total of 16 colts and fillies went behind the gate, all successfully completing their first qualifying mile.
Local representation of the Truro Police Department, Sgt. Robert Hunka and Canine Handler Sgt. Scott Millbury, along with Karen Casey, MLA for Colchester North, Alex Cope, Millbrook First Nation, Rod DeViller, Pure Country*99.5 and returning champion Tyler Granter were the participants in the Celebrity Two Seater Jog Cart Races. Tyler once again made it to the winners circle along with driver Dave Carey and Electric Syl. Karen Casey won her division with driver Danny Romo and Lively Freddie.
Five Matinee Races completed the afternoon program bringing Ryder Rennison to the winners circle with Liborio and Distinctive Rusty. Other winners were Tristen MacLane with Perfect Major, Sara White with Elm Grove Maddy and Cy Harvey with Grins Little Flirt... Clayton Stevens, Jim Ripley, Mike McCallum Gregory Francis were competing also.
The grounds were buzzing with a great crown of visitors, vendors and event participants. A great time was had by all and Truro Raceway and the Truro Horse Horse Owners are grateful for all those who attended, and to the horsemen/women for their support, hard work and commitment to making the day a success.
From Arleen Gillis, President of the Truro Harness Horse Owners' Association