The biggest prize at any of the annual Maritime Racetrack Award nights is usually the Horse of the Year and looking over the Truro Raceway programs and talking to the Atlantic Post Calls writers, we have narrowed the Horse of the Year down to five candidates. There may be others but when one applies the formula test, the following horses should be in the mix:
Preceptor p, 1:57:3 at Truro half-mile track is owned by Paul Langille of Truro and boasts a summary of 3 wins, 7 seconds and 3 thirds and money of $6,713.
Stature Seelster p,1:56:4 also at Truro has the most wins of the group with 6 to go along with 4 seconds and 2 thirds, $6,404 in earnings; the owner Chris Covin of Halifax.
Brookdale Jim p, 2:00 at Truro, owned by Doug Polley of Amherst, has a nice summary of five wins, 4 seconds and 6 thirds, earnings $6402.
Catch 22, p, 1:58:1h is owned by veteran horseman Sonny Siteman of Halifax and has 4 wins, 1 second and 9 thirds and earnings of $6,299.
Distinctiv Rusty p, 1:57 is owned by young Ryder Rennison of Truro and has a neat summary of 4 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds and earnings of $6460.
Steve Morton Steps Down - Election of Officers for THHOA
Among the many changes at Truro Raceway for the 2019 season is the upcoming selection of officers which is set to take place early in March. Veteran owner and trainer Steve Morton, who had been carrying the bulk of the load on behalf of Truro horsemen for the past decade, has stepped down and Atlantic Post Calls thanks Steve for his many years on behalf of harness racing at Truro Raceway. Change is always tough to accept but it is great to see new faces with new ideas at the table, whether they are experienced or not.
Also on the “New Agenda” for the upcoming season is a return of the Nova Scotia Yearling and Mixed Sale, set for 6:00pm at Truro Raceway, Friday, October 4th, 2019. There were a large number of Nova Scotia buyers and bidders at the 2018 PEI Select Sale at Crapaud, PEI and it is possible that the new Truro Sale could attract new buyers and owners into the game. It certainly suggests that Truro Raceway is on the upswing and that’s great news for Maritime harness racing.