Truro Raceway set for 11-dash card Sunday

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By Diane Daniels

Harness racing action continues Sunday with an 11-dash card on tap.

Weekly racing at the Bible Hill oval is scheduled until Dec. 22 at which time the track will take its traditional winter break until mid-April.

Post time for Sunday's program is slated for 1 p.m. with qualifying rounds at noon.

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Horseplayers are no doubt keenly aware that out of 11 dashes last weekend, Darren Crowe and Ryan Ellis combined to lead the way home in seven.

Ellis posted a grand slam and Crowe scored a driving triple. Ellis, Truro's leading teamster, now has 42 victories while Crowe, his ally, has 31.

The talented Paul Langille has recently stepped up his game to rank third with 26 wins to his credit.

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Talented Paul Langille earned Clarence Farm Services Cool Driver award for the month earning 56 points and edging out October winner Darren Crowe.

Hot Horse recognition went to the four-year-old son of Camluck, Creighton Hanover, collecting 17 points for Windsor connection, Steve Morton.

Although not included in the awards category, the 18-year-old conditioner Jonah Moase aced the trainer division for the second consecutive month sending out 39 starters to collect 89 points, 56 more than his closest competitor.

Clarence Farm Services Equine Consultant Pam MacKenzie plans to be trackside to make both October and November presentations on Sunday.

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There were 14 winners who shared the winning pool last Sunday picking up

$49.35 each for selecting the right combinations of the of the Pick 5 stake.

However, in order to avoid any end of the year quandaries with the Canadian Pari Mutuel Agency with regard to a possible carryover, Pick 5 will return next year.

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Race fans have been enjoying the race calls delivered by Dave Kelly of Cape Breton over the past few weeks as he substituted for regular announcer, Joe Kelly, who is currently on sick leave.

Truro's customary stand-by anchor, Kyle Gillis, has also been unavailable to take to the stand being busy on the back stretch with horses. However, the 16- year-old Gillis is taking a hiatus from his stable duties to return to the crow's nest to complete Sunday's race-calls for the remainder of the 2013 season.

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Last Sunday's 50/50 cash prize of $176 was won by Colin White of White Settlement.

Sunday's 50/50 proceeds are being earmarked for Elaine Mosher and family to help with costs incurred as a result of the recent passing of her husband, Doug. The Moshers were not only horse owners, and devoted race fans, but supporters of the track and its events. The couple volunteered where possible and sold 50/50 tickets for about 10 years.

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The time-worn adage ‘a good horse is a good horse' still rings true and racegoers reviewing the program, no doubt have honed in on the Quebec-bred Electric Syl as a good horse with a solid past performance.

Returning home from a Bangor campaign with a brief stop-over at New Brunswick's Exhibition Park, his stats for 2013 show a new life's best of 1:56.4, $13,289 in the bank and over 90 per cent of finishes in the Top 5 for the year.

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It is with sadness and regret the race office reports the six-year-old pacer, Busters Brother, was euthanized earlier this week as a result of an injury sustained in Race 11 during last Sunday's program.

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The O'Brien Awards celebrate the absolute best in harness racing over a given year.

They are the highest honour the sport bestows upon its heroes in this country. This year the event comes to Charlottetown for an action-packed weekend Feb. 7 to 9. Tickets for Saturday evening's black tie gala awards banquet are currently on sale for $125 from Standardbred Canada's Industry Marketing Department.

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The donation bin for new or gently used hats, coats and mittens will remain in the grandstand foyer until Sunday.

Donations will be picked up at the end of the day and distributed to Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Maggie's Place to help folks stay warm this winter. This project was organized by members of the THHOA Ways and Means Committee.

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The annual THHOA Children's Christmas Party is slated for tomorrow at the Truro Horsemen's Club with the fun getting underway at 10:30 a.m.

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For regular fans or new customers, there are a few tips that can help patrons to enjoy a day at the races.

Truro Raceway offers a wide selection of snacks and full course meals along with lounge facilities.

Children under 18 years of age are welcome at the raceway with the race office providing books for the kids. If you wish to bring a group of six or more to the Sunday afternoon card, please advise the office to receive the ‘group perks.'

Want to meet a race horse or visit a stable? The clerks in the race office will be happy to help make it happen. Folks who like to play the ponies this time of year often use the ‘hot driver angle' or "'resh horses' over those that may be tired after a long season of starts.

Diane Daniels is the race office supervisor at Truro Raceway

 

Organizations: Pick 5, Clarence Farm Services Cool Driver, Clarence Farm Services Equine Consultant Pam MacKenzie Canadian Pari Mutuel Agency THHOA Ways and Means Committee Christmas Party

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Quebec, Bangor New Brunswick Exhibition Park Charlottetown Truro Horsemen

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